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Regarded as one of Sand's best novels, Lelia is an important document in the evolution of women's consciousness. Published in 1833, when Sand was 29, it stunned Victorians by advocating the same standard of morality for men and women and by suggesting that both the prostitute and the married woman were slaves to male desire. Sand also questioned monogamy, fidelity, and monastic celibacy. She later made an unsuccessful attempt to revise the book and to expunge its despair and skepticism. Although Sand wrote copiously, until recently only a handful of her books were available in English. This first English translation of Lelia is an excellent rendering, capturing the raptures, the mysticism, and the nineteenth-century flavor ot its eternally fascinating subject.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253202469
  • 9780253202468
  • 373,058

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With this excellent translation by Maria Espinosa, George Sand's quite unjustly forotten Lelia becomes available to the reading public. Both Ellen Moers's foreword and Espinosa's concise and informative introudction provide a context that underscores the novel's unique place and significance in the historical and literary configuration if its time and our own. This translation... opens up, brilliantly, perspectives on a gifted woman's reaction to her world. It should become one of the central texts in women's studies programs.show more

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