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Swiss American Historical Society Review

Swiss American Historical Society Review

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Anne Louise Germaine de Stael, one of the most influential Franco-Swiss writers of the nineteenth century, was the daughter of the prominent Swiss banker and statesman, Jacques Necker, the DirectorGeneral of Finance under King Louis XVI of France, and Suzanne Curchod, also of Swiss birth, who hosted one of the most popular literary salons of Paris during the late eighteenth century. Thus Madame de Stael was of direct Swiss descent . In addition, she had an intimate relationship with the Swiss Confederation throughout the entirety of her life, and she resided at her family's Castle of Coppet, near Geneva, for many years.

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