The Princess of Cleves by Madame de La Fayette

La Princesse de Clèves is a French novel, regarded by many as the beginning of the modern tradition of the psychological novel, and as a great classic work. Its author is generally held to be Madame de La Fayette. Published anonymously in March 1678, and taking place between October 1558 and November 1559 at the royal court of Henry II of France, it recreates that era with remarkable precision. Nearly every character – except the heroine – is an historic figure. Events and intrigues unfold with great faithfulness to documentary record.

The 186th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 3rd on The 25 Favorite Books of 100 Francophone Writers (Telerama)
  2. - 56th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  3. - 62nd on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  4. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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The Princess of Cleves Kindle Edition 676422 $2.99 2012
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The Princess of Cleves (Meridian classics) Paperback 3886414 $155.88 $0.01 1989
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The Princess of Cleves (illustrated) Kindle Edition 2113557 2015
The Princess of Cleves Hardcover 10210656 $23.15 $52.03 2010
The Princess of Cleves Paperback 1001618 $9.99 $7.00 2010
The Princess of Cleves (Large Print Edition) Hardcover 10997521 $26.09 $45.35 2008
La princesa de Cleves/ The Princess of Cleves (Biblioteca Clasica Y Contemporanea) (Spanish Edition) Mass Market Paperback 16777806 $16.00 $35.99 2006
The Princess of Clèves (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback 1780949 $18.99 $2.37 1993
The Princess Of Cleves Paperback 9951431 $13.21 $12.17 2004
The Princess of Cleves Paperback 6055812 $9.38 $13.61 2013
The Princesse de Cleves (Penguin Classics) Paperback 63316 $6.73 $3.83 1992
The Princess of Cleves: Novel (New Directions Classics) Paperback 2360285 $11.00 $1.11 1988
The Princess of Cleves Kindle Edition 1088877 2014
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