A Life of Colette

A Life of Colette : Secrets of the Flesh

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Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was this century's first modern woman. She arrived in Paris around 1900 as the provincial child bride of a notorious rake and brilliant literary impressario, Willy, who signed her first novels, the Claudines, as his own. They invented the erotically reckless teenage girl as we know her, and became the greatest French bestsellers of all time. When this tumultuous marriage ended, Colette went off with a high-born woman lover, the virile Marquise de Belboeuf, and embarked on a flamboyant stage career. She bared her breast to raucous applause in the French music-hall and became a celebrity of the lesbian demimonde. Until her death in 1954, she continued to rewrite the rules for loving, working, and aging. At the end of the century, her life and work still have the power to challenge the norms.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 40mm | 521.64g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • portraits
  • 0747548439
  • 9780747548430
  • 626,688

About Judith Thurman

Judith Thurman is the author of ISAK DINESEN: THE LIFE OF A STORYTELLER, which won the National Book Award for Biography in 1983. It formed the basis for Sydney Pollack's film OUT OF AFRICA, on which she was Associate Producer. Her essays on literature, film, culture and style have also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Nation, Elle, Vogue and the Sunday Times. She lives in Manhattan.
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" THE MOST IMPRESSIVE AND FASCINATING BOOK OF THE . . . SEASON. NO NOVEL, NO MEMOIR, NO OTHER BIOGRAPHY DISPLAYS SUCH INSIGHT AND VITALITY. . . . Through deft observation, research, and beautiful writing, Thurman brings alive one of the most astonishing writers and women ever to stride this earth." --USA Today " [Colette] has been the subject of . . . a half-dozen significant biographies over the past thirty years. Yet this one by Judith Thurman will be hard to top. . . . Its prose is smoothly urbane, at times aphoristic, always captivating." --The Washington Post Book World " IT WILL STAND AS LITERATURE IN ITS OWN RIGHT." --RICHARD BERNSTEIN The New York Times
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