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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Deffand, Marie, Marquise Du
A woman of society, famed for her wit and gallantry; corresponded with the eminent philosophes of the time, in particular Voltaire, as well as with Horace Walpole; her letters are specially brilliant, and display great shrewdness; she is characterised by Prof. Saintsbury as "the typical French lady of the eighteenth century"; she became blind in 1753, but retained her relish for society, though at length she entered a monastery, where she died (1697-1780).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Deffand, Marie, Marquise Du'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/deffand-marie-marquise-du.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.
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