Benedetta Craveri is a professor of French literature at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, and the Istituto Universitario Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples. She regularly contributes to The New York Review of Books
and to the cultural pages of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica
. Her books include Madame du Deffand and Her World
, La Vie privée du Maréchal de Richelieu
, and Amanti e regine: Il potere delle donne
. She is married to a French diplomat.