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Du Deffand, Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise

Du Deffand, Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise märē´ də vēshē´-shäNrôN´ märkēz´ dü dĕfäN´ [key], 1697–1780, French woman of letters, whose salon was frequented (1753–80) by the leaders of the Enlightenment . She is widely considered the most brilliant woman of her era. Her letters (1766–80) to Horace Walpole , whom she loved deeply, are typical of her brilliant, witty correspondence.

See B. Craveri, Madame du Deffand and Her World (1995)

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