Angélique Arnaud

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Angélique Arnaud (1797–1884) was a French novelist and feminist writer.

Arnaud travelled to Paris from the provinces, and involved herself in feminist circles around Henri de Saint-Simon. As well as her novels, she wrote articles and polemical pamphlets.[1] She studied with François Delsarte, and wrote a critical study of him.[2]


In 1833, she begins to write articles in newspapers on the theme of liberal and republican causes. The salary she earns allows her to hire a tutor for her children and thus to have time to write. She defends feminism, socialism and saint-simonianism.

Her progressive novels are very popular with the female public. George Sand sings her praises, the "thousand delightful sentiments, the thousand graceful lines of poetry in her analyses and descriptions."

She is active in the Society for the Advancement of Women; she writes for the feminist press: The Future of Women, Womens Rights, The Opinion of Women, National Opinion, Women and Solidarity, Angélique Arnaud, Paris, Gannat, Goninfaure et Arthaud, 1834

Maria Deraismes wrote at Arnauds death that she was "the apostle of all the major demands...There was no humanitarian and generous movement in this century in which Arnaud was not involved".[3]


  • La Comtesse de Sergy, 1838
  • Clémence, 1841
  • Une tendre dévote, 1874
  • La Cousine Adèle, 1879
  • François Delsarte; Ses découvertes en esthétique, sa science, sa méthode,


  1. ^ 'Arnaud, Angélique', in Claire Buck. ed., Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature, 1992, p. 292
  2. ^ Nancy Lee Chalfa Ruyter, The cultivation of body and mind in nineteenth-century American Delsartism, 1999, pp. 10-11.
  3. ^ . ISBN 978-2-7210-0628-8.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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