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Aulnoy, Marie Catherine La Mothe, Comtesse d',
The Diverting Works of the Countess D'Anois (London: J. Nicholson/ J. Sprint/ A. Bell/ S. Burows, 1707).

The Diverting Works of the Countess D'Anois. Author of Ladies Travels to Spain. Containing I. The Memoirs of her own Life. II. All her Spanish Novels and Histories. III. Her Letters. IV. Tales of the Fairies in Three Parts Compleat. Newly done into English. London: Printed for John Nicholson, John Sprint, Andrew Bell, and Samuel Burows. 6s. 1707.


648 pp. (i.e., 604; nos. 201-224 repeated; 301-368 omitted). 8

Bibliographical Reference

TC, III, 546 - W. H. McBurney (1960), p.12.




Aulnoy, Marie Catherine Jumelle de Berneville, comtesse d'

History of Publication

According to the preface, the new items are the Second and third parts of the Tales of the Fairies, and the Spanish Novels, translated by W. C. from Contes des fées, 1698,link and Nouvelles espanolles,

  a this editionThe Diverting Works of the Countess D'Anois. Author of Ladies Travels to Spain (London: J. Nicholson/ J. Sprint/ A. Bell/ S. Burows, 1707).
  b [...] (London: J. Nicholson/ B. & J. Sprint/ A. Bell/ S. Burows, 1715).link
  c (1721).
  d (1728).
  e (1737).
  f (1737).
  g (1749).

The autobiography portrays the scandalous author as the innocent victim of a number of intrigues. The stories related show the author modelling her life after the models of "Romances", she read. Her being kidnapped fom a monestary by her lover is worthy of any novel (see Chavigny, La religieuse chevalier, 1691link). The "Spanish Novels" are novellas in the Spanish genre (with jealousy and honour as the great motivating forces), The "Tales of the Fairies" base on older romantic patterns with conflicts between (step-)parents and their children. The situations differ from those of romances in the Asian genre in that intrigues in fairy kingdoms are less sophisticated, more physical (a compensation of the fact that no one can safe his existence in conflicts here where historical political developments are excluded). Those who are good do not attempt any counter intrigues - they simpy rely on the course of events. Unlike novels situated in the European aristocracy these novels offer, when deciphered and applied to life, the best motivations to accept the hardships of (not only) aristocratic life (as for instance the fact that one is reguarily married against one's will).