I am currently working on an historical novel based on the biographies of three distinguished personalities of the European Enlightenment. The work is based on two conference papers. The first one “In Dialogue: Abbé Correia da Serra, Eleonora de Fonseca Pimentel, Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage,” was presented at the 6th International Congress of the American-Portuguese Studies Association at Yale University, October 9-11, 2008. These three exceptional thinkers─a diplomat, a revolutionary woman, and a poet─illustrate the craving for freedom in the pursuit of modernity, a major eighteenth-century legacy. The second one “The Life and Work of Eleonora de Fonseca Pimentel, Rome 1752 – Naples 1799,” was presented at the Chawton House Library in the United Kingdom, July 4-6, 2013. The conference centered on “Pride and Prejudices: Women’s Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century” and celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Chawton House Library as a research center.