"Hélisenne de Crenne was the pen name of Marguerite Briet, the daughter of a
legal family from Abbeville. Few details of her life are certain, but we know
that she obtained a legal separation from her husband, Philippe Fournel, Lord
of Crenne, and moved to Paris, the centre of French literary activities and
publishing. There she owned several properties. It appears that her son,
Pierre, was a student there in 1548.
Hélisenne was the first living woman of the century to be printed in France and
hers was the first autobiographical novel to be published in French. The
publication of her works was remarkable in several ways."
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