Valérie de Gasparin

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Valérie Boissier, comtesse de Gasparin (13 September 1813 - 1894) was a Swiss woman of letters. She was a spokeswoman in topics such as freedom, equality and creativity.[1]


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 Horizon, 1859)
  • Vesper (1861)
  • Les tristesses humaines (1863)
  • La lèpre sociale (1870)
  • Journey in the South by an Ignoramus
  • Read and Judge, strictures on the Salvation Army

Several of her books were translated into English, the books of 1859 being read very widely in the United States in their English form.