Madeleine de Scudéry
1607 – 1701 A.D.
Madeleine de Scudéry, one of the most famous French novelists of her time, Born at Havre.
She came to Paris in 1630, where her wit and good sense soon won her high rank in the Rambouillet coterie.
Later she established a salon of her own, and for the last half of the seventeenth century, was acknowledged as a leading literary spirit, esteemed by people as different in temper and ideals as Racine and La Fontaine, Condé and Madame de Sévigné.
Her lengthy novels, greeted with universal admiration, in classic guise depicted French society, and were known and studied in all circles that aspired to literary culture. Her novel Grand Cyrus, in 10 volumes, is probably the longest novel in the world, and consists of endless conversations of the most refined subtlety.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.