See also:born in
See also:Paris on the 1st of
See also:July 1776 . Madame Gay was the daughter of M . Nichault de la Valette and of Francesca Peretti, an
See also:lady . In 17.93 she was married to M . Liottier, an
See also:broker, but she was divorced from him in 1799, and shortly afterwards was married to M . Gay,
See also:receiver-general of the department of the Riser or
See also:Ruhr . This union brought her into intimate relations with many distinguished personages; and her
See also:salon came to be frequented by all the distinguished litterateurs, musicians, actors and painters of the
See also:time, whom she attracted by her beauty, her vivacity and her many amiable qualities . Her first
See also:literary production was a
See also:letter written in 1802 to the Journal de Paris, in defence of Madame de
See also:Stael's novel, Delphine; and in the same
See also:year she published anonymously her first novel Laure d'Estell . Leonie de Montbreuse, which appeared in 1813, is considered by Sainte-Beuve her best
See also:work; but Anatole (1815), the
See also:romance of a
See also:mute, has perhaps a higher reputation . Among her other
See also:works, Salons celebres (2 vols., 1837) maybe especially mentioned . Madame Gay wrote several comedies and
See also:opera libretti which met with considerable success . She was also an accomplished musician, and composed both the words and
See also:music of a number of songs .
She died in Paris on the 5th of
See also:March 1852 . For an account of her daughter, Delphine Gay, Madame de Girardin, see GIRARDIN . See her own Souvenirs d'une vieille femme (1834) ; also
See also:Theophile Gautier, Portraits contemporains; and Sainte-Beuve, Causeries du lundi, vol. vi .
JOHN GAY (1685-1732)
WALTER GAY (1856– )
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