The Nuttall Encyclopedia
La Fayette, Madame de
Novelist, born in Paris; is credited with being the originator of the class of fiction in which character and its analysis are held of chief account; she was the daughter of the governor of Havre, and contracted a Platonic affection for La Rochefoucauld in his old age, and was besides on intimate terms with Madame Sévigné and the most eminent literary men of the time; her "Princess de Clèves" is a classic work, and the merit of it is enhanced by the reflection that it preceded by nearly half a century the works both of Le Sage and Defoe (1634-1693).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'La Fayette, Madame de'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/l/la-fayette-madame-de.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.