So, now that the serialization of A Novella of the 18th Century is done, what’s next?
Those who enjoyed the novella will be happy to learn that more of Mme de Boigne’s work is on the way!
As I mentioned in a previous post, Mme de Boigne is known mainly as a memoirist. Her memoirs, entitled Récits d’une tante (An Aunt’s Tales), were posthumously published in 1907 and have never since been out of print in France. Proust read them when they were first published and hugely enjoyed them. He is said to have based the character of Mme de Villeparisis in Remembrance of Things Past at least partly on Mme de Boigne. Like Mme de Villeparisis, Mme de Boigne had a famously mixed salon where aristocrats rubbed shoulders with academics and princes with painters.