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Never mind the neighbours

Margaret Anne Doody

4 April 1996
Delphine 
by Germaine de Staël, translated by Avriel Goldberger.
Northern Illinois, 468 pp., $50, September 1995, 0 87580 200 1
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... was always the political in the later 18th century’s fables. The novel’s relationship to major European novels of its time or shortly before – Julie, Clarissa, Werther – is spelled out by AvrielGoldberger in her crisp Introduction. De Staël’s Essai sur les fictions (1795) makes it clear that she had studied fiction with great intensity and thoroughness; her novel-writing exhibits the ...

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