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 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.