Courtesan and Countess

Courtesan and Countess : The Lost and Found Memoirs of the French Consul's Wife

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Celeste de Chabrillan, former courtesan and widow of the first French Consul to Melbourne, became the most prolific female stage writer in nineteenth-century France. Forever haunted by her scandalous past, Celeste fought to hold her place in an artistic world dominated by men. Courtesan and Countess tells the story not only of her struggle as a creative artist to survive and earn a living, but also of her fascinating life at the centre of the bohemian circles of Paris, surrounded by friends such as Alexandre Dumas pere, Georges Bizet and Prince Napoleon. Courtesan and Countess paints a portrait of a remarkable woman and of the turbulent world of Paris during the Belle Epoque. Lost for more than eighty years until discovered by the authors in the attic of a French country manor, these are the unpublished and final set of memoirs from Celeste de more

Product details

  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 344g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Academic Monographs
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English, French
  • Annotated
  • Main ed.
  • 0522868835
  • 9780522868838

About Jana Verhoeven

Jana Verhoeven (lead author) is a researcher and teacher of French literature and history at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent publication is Jovial Bigotry- Max O'Rell and the Transnational Debate over Manners and Morals in 19th Century France, Britain and the United States. Jana has also published a number of articles on nineteenth century French cultural history, including Les deux noms and Petit journal de la fin de ma vie- CUleste de Chabrillan's mUmoires inUdits. Alan Willey read Modern Languages at Oxford and taught French at Wesley College Melbourne for over thirty years. He has been researching CUleste de Chabrillan's life since 1998. Jeanne Allen studied French language and literature at the University of Melbourne and wrote her Master of Arts thesis on a selection of the Australian works of CUleste de Chabrillan. In 1998, she co-translated and annotated CUleste's second set of memoirs, The French Consul's Wife. Jeanne is currently an Associate Professor in more