Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, (2000). 0838754651. Review copy. Hard cover in dust jacket. Fine. Review slip laid in. / Fine. Item #85
Tall 8vo, 9.5" x 6.5". 151 pp. Bibliography and index. A few black and white illustrations.
This study describes and analyzes cultural and literary mythology surrounding the figure of the seventeenth-century nun Mariana Alcoforado as the presumed author of the celebrated collection of love letters that originally appeared in 1669 in French under the title of Lettres portugaises. Ostensibly written by a nun cloistered in a provincial Portuguese convent to her departed lover, an officer in the French army, they are nowadays generally reputed to have been a literary fake authored by a seventeenth-century French writer.