Anne-Louise Germaine Necker, baronne de Staël (-Holstein), 1766 - 1817

Germaine de Staël is significant for introducing the ideas of German Romanticism to French and English readers of the nineteenth century.  Among the New England Transcendentalists she exercised the greatest influence on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Theodore Parker, and George Ripley, mainly through her novel Corinne (1807)--which portrays a passionate and intellectual heroine who demonstrates the ability to arrive at truth through intuition--and her book De l'Allemagne (1810)--which, according to William Girard, "was almost a family textbook in America for continental Romanticism."