Valérie de Gasparin
She was born at Geneva. She was the wife of Agénor de Gasparin. She lived a great part of her life in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland, and was a prolific writer on religion, social topics and travel. She was conspicuous as an opponent of religious and social innovations.
In addition to a number of translations of English and American authors, she published:
- Le mariage au point de vue chrétien, a work which won the Montyon prize from the French Academy (Marriage from the Christian Point of View, 1842)
- Allons faire fortune à Paris (Let's Go Make a Fortune in Paris, 1844)
- Un livre pour les femmes mariées (A Book for Wives, 1845)
- Il y a des pauvres à Paris et ailleurs, which also won the Montyon prize (There are Poor in Paris and Elsewhere, 1846)
- Quelques défauts des Chrétiens d'aujourd'hui (1853)
- Des corporations monastiques au sein du protestantisme (1855)
- Les horizons prochains (The Near Horizon, 1859)
- Les horizons célestes (The Heavenly Horizons, 1859)
- Vesper (1861)
- Les tristesses humaines (Human Sadness, 1863)
- Au bord de la mer (By the Sea Shore, 1866)
- La lèpre sociale (1870)
- Journey in the South by an Ignoramus
- Read and Judge, strictures on the Salvation Army
- Under French Skies or Sunny Fields and Shady Woods (1888)
- Edelweiss: poésies; l’auteur des horizons prochains (1890)
- Sur les montagnes (1890)
Several of her books were translated into English, the books of 1859 being read very widely in the United States in their English form.
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Gasparin, Valérie Boissier, Countess de". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Gasparin, Valérie Boissier, Comtesse de". Encyclopedia Americana.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Gasparin, Adrien Étienne Pierre, count de". The American Cyclopædia.