Madeleine de Puisieux Bibliography

Advice to a Women Friend 1749
de Puisieux was Diderot’s lover and wife of one of his collaboraters on the Encyclopédie. This, her first book, is a kind of manifesto for the emancipated woman, born to a higher destiny than just to “drink, eat, sleep, produce children, play cards, deceive one’s lover, husband and confessor and slander one’s fellow-woman.”
Caracteres 1751
De Puisieux’s second book. In the Preface she comments on her break with Diderot: “I have learned that five years of familiarity with people do not reveal the depths of their heart when they have some advantage in concealing it.”