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Montault - of the committee In charge. French Women's...
of the committee In charge. French Women's Books. French women, even when intellecrualTv Inclined, are not great readers, and tbe majority read very little; one newspaper, and perhaps a magazine, with every now and then the novel about which the world la talking, is literature enough for them. Yet their conversation is by no means s commonplace as this fact - might lea l people to imagine. For one thing, - thev go a great deal to the theatre, aad the'v can appreciate what they see there thcr - oughly, even from a literary point - o; view, and there they live much In the world, and gather ideas by their intercourse intercourse with others. The book trade i i Just now passing through a crisis, an 1 the small amount of interest that women evince in books mult have something t i do with the matter. The number of boo1 ? bought annuahy has decreased lately 1j a most. alarming manner. - - The class of works which seems to obtain obtain most favor with all classes of sor - let " are memoirs. The third volume of Mtur. Carette's "Souvenira Intlmes de la Cour des Tuileries" has met with much success, success, even more than the first, since It treats of a period of peculiar Interest, and includes some cleverly - drawn "portraits" "portraits" of the best known ladies as members members of the court of the third empire. Another work has Just appeared which is likely to find many readers, particularly In the Faubourg St. Germain. The duchess duchess de Goutaut, a woman intimately connected connected with ail the political and social events of her time, left behind her voluminous memoirs, which are now published published by her descendants. The maiden name of the duchess was Montault rallies, and she was born in 1773. During her girlhood she lived at court, and witnessed witnessed the first events of the revolution. Her family emigrated," and she passed some years at Coblentx and some in England, England, only returning - to France on the accession accession of Louis XVI LL She married tne marquis de - Saint Bianeard. a cadet or the house of Gontaut, of which be subsequently subsequently became the chief. The king appointed appointed her governess of the children or the due de lierri, and thenceforth she remained with "mademoiselle until J br marriage, accompanying the royal iajiii into exile In l. - Co. She was a very intei.i - geut and observing woman, ana i. - souvenirs Bre therefore doubly preclo' although thev were only written when was very old. but ber memorr keen as it ever . was. It was George Eterhnxy. the young her srrandjaughter. Mile, de C;; persimued her to write them Cow fcen et of posterity, the waa t . Old. ;

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 24 Apr 1893, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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