Life and career
Juliette Adam gave an account of her childhood, rendered unhappy by the dissensions of her parents, in Le roman de mon enfance et de ma jeunesse (Eng. trans., London and New York, 1902). Her father is described in Paradoxes d'un docteur allemand (published 1860), which shows him to have been sympathetic to feminism.
In 1852, she married a doctor named La Messine, and published in 1858 her Idées antiproudhoniennes sur l'amour, la femme et le mariage, in defense of Daniel Stern (pen name of Marie d'Agoult) and George Sand.
After her first husband's death in 1867, she married Antoine Edmond Adam (1816–1877), prefect of police in 1870, who subsequently became life-senator. She established a salon which was frequented by Gambetta and the other republican leaders against the conservative reaction of the 1870s. In the same interest, she founded the Nouvelle Revue in 1879, which she edited for eight years, and retained influence its administration until 1899. She published writings by Paul Bourget, Pierre Loti, and Guy de Maupassant as well as Octave Mirbeau's novel Le Calvaire.
Adam wrote the notes on foreign politics, and was unremitting in her attacks on Bismarck and in her advocacy of a policy of Revanchism. She is generally credited with the authorship of papers on various European capitals signed "Paul Vasili," which were, in reality, the work of various writers. The most famous of her numerous novels is Païenne (1883). Her reminiscences, Mes premières armes littéraires et politiques (1904) and Mes sentiments et nos idées avant 1870 (1905), contain much interesting gossip about her distinguished contemporaries.
- Idées antiproudhoniennes sur l’amour, la femme et le mariage, 1858
- Laide, 1878
- Grecque, 1879
- Païenne, 1883
- Mes angoisses et nos luttes, Paris, A. Lemerre, 1907
- L'Angleterre en Egypte, Paris, 1922
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Adam, Juliette". Encyclopædia Britannica 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
- Hundleby, Catherine (1999). "Adam, Juliette la Messine". In Commire, Anne. Women in World History: A biographical encyclopedia 1. Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications, Gale Group. pp. 35–37. ISBN 0787640808.