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Madame de Récamier was a Parisian hostess who attracted her time's literary and political big wigs and inspired the wrath of Napoleon.
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Madame de Récamier's great charm and wit attracted to her salon most of the important political and literary figures of early 19th-century Paris, including many opponents of Napoleon, who exiled her in 1805. After Napoleon's defeat in 1815 she returned to Paris. Her friend Germaine de Staël created her literary portrait in the novel Corinne.
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