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Title:
The marquise ; & Pauline
Author:
Sand, George, 1804-1876.
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Academy Chicago Publishers, 1999.
Physical Description:
200 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Added Title:
Pauline.
ISBN:
9780897334495
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Book

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In The Marquise , George Sand reacts against the tradition of the libertine novels of the 19th century by making the Marquise the narrator of the story, thus giving her control of the action. Sand deconstructs the myth of the seducer by making Lelio, the hero, the subject of the Marquise's desire. Pauline's two female protagonists represent diametrically opposed 19th-century female roles. Pauline is trapped by the bourgeois strictures of the time, while her friend, Laurence, an actress and intellectual, is independent both financially and emotionally.


Author Notes

George Sand began life as Aurore Dupin, the daughter of a count and a dressmaker. Educated both on her aristocratic grandmother's estate and in a Parisian convent, at 18 she married Casimer Dudevant, a provincial gentleman whose rough temperament was the opposite of her own, and from whom she obtained a separation several years later.

At 31 she moved to Paris, where she changed her name and plunged into the bohemian world of French romanticism. Frequently dressed in men's clothing, she participated actively in literary debates, cultural events, and even the revolution of 1848. Sand was friend and correspondent with many of the major artists and writers of her age, including Balzac, Flaubert, and Liszt. Her love affairs with the poet Musset and the composer Chopin were the stuff of legend, chronicled in her own Story of My Life.

Sand's immensely popular novels ranged from sentimental stories of wronged women, to utopian socialist fictions, such as her masterpiece in Consuelo, 1842, to explorations of pastoral themes written when she retired, late in life, to her estate in Berry. Though frequently dismissed as overblown or too sentimental, Sand's fiction has recently undergone a revaluation, emerging as an influential body of women's writing. As both a writer and an intellectual personality, Sand is a central figure in nineteenth-century French cultural life.

George Sand died in 1876

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Sand wrote nonstop, penning an amazing 80 novels that were widely read and translated and tremendously influential on both sides of the Atlantic, yet most of her work fell into neglect soon after her death in 1876. Happily, there has been a movement afoot to resurrect Sand and her fiction. The relationship between the writer and the poet Alfred de Musset is the subject of a new film; her novel, Horace, was recently translated into English for the first time, and now these two novellas featuring memorable women protagonists are available as well. In "The Marquise," an octogenarian aristocrat recounts the story of the one great love of her life. "Pauline," a longer and more involved work, tells the tale of Laurence and Pauline, two women who were as close as twins in girlhood but who have very different lives as adults. Sand is both enchanting and incisive, and her work fills an important gap in the genealogy of literature, particularly in its role in creating a balance between the sexes. --Donna Seaman


Choice Review

The first of several translations by the team of Charron and Huseman (both Univ. of Maine, Farmington), this handsome volume includes two short texts that work well together, with their treatment of women's unfulfilled lives. Both also illustrate Sand's interest in the theater. The Marquise depicts the theater's power to cast a spell and captivate a woman, who falls deeply in love with a stage persona. The longer story, Pauline, derides small-town prejudice against an actress, seen as a "fallen woman," and the townspeople's subsequent adulation of their famous "compatriot." This tale also explores women's relationships: a daughter's resentful devotion to her blind mother and bitter rupture with her generous actress friend over an unworthy seducer. The volume includes a Sand chronology and a brief introduction, both helpful in contextualizing the two early novellas. Although unfortunate errors found their way into this edition--beginning with the biographical sketch on the lovely, artistic book jacket--this lively, eminently readable translation, the first in English for Pauline, deserves a place in every good undergraduate literature collection. A. M. Rea Occidental College


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