What was Saint-Simon’s relation to the fairy tale? It is difficult to imagine him immersed in a book of tales. However, the Saint-Simon household inherited from the duchesse de Berry such works as Les contes des fées by Madame d’Aulnoy, La tyrannie des fées détruites, by the comtesse d’Auneuil, Histoires sublimes et allégoriques by Madame de Murat, as well as collections of oriental tales. Although most of these works do not appear in later inventories of Saint-Simon’s library, his memoirs nevertheless suggest that Saint-Simon borrowed from the literary or cultural fashion of fairies in his depictions of aristocratic society in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
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