Monday, February 28, 2011

On February 28

On this day in ...
... 1879, Hortense Allart de Méritens (right) died in Montlhéry, France, 77 years after she'd been born in Milan, Italy. (image credit) Also known by her nom de plume, Prudence de Saman L'Esbatx, Allart was a French feminist writer who spoke out in favor of free love and women's rights and contributed to La Gazette des femmes, or Women's Daily, a periodical whose contributors also included a colleague of Allart, the Frenchwoman who wrote novels under the pseudonym George Sand. Philosophical inquiries by Allart -- the study of this 1998 biography by Helynne Hollstein Hansen -- included publication in 1857 of Novum organum ou sainteté philosophique, which contended that new scientific discoveries proved the existence of a higher power. Among Allart's many lovers was diplomat François-René de Chateaubriand, who inspired not only French Romantic literature, but also the beefy dish popular to this day.

(Prior February 28 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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