"he wrote from Tarutino to Madame de Staël"
Germaine de Staël (1766-1817) was a Swiss author who wrote in the French language, and lived in Paris for much of her life. She wrote a number of best sellers during the Napoleonic era, portraying politically engaged, intelligent women in a way that had an enormous influence on contemporary literature. Her novels include Delphine (1802) and Corinne, ou L'Italie (1807). Madame de Staël opposed Napoleon's reign, and was twice exiled from her beloved Paris by him.