By Marc Fumaroli
When the World Spoke French, Marc Fumaroli's
engaging portrait of a time when French was the intellectual lingua franca of Europe and beyond, is appearing in English for the first time in a translation by Pulitzer Prize winner, Richard Howard.
In When the World Spoke French, Marc Fumaroli
presents a gallery of portraits of Europeans and Americans-including Catherine the Great, Frederick II, Lord Chesterfield and Benjamin Franklin-who conversed and corresponded in French, along with excerpts from their letters and other writings.