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Francine du Plessix Gray

Rage and Fire: A Life of Louise Colet - Pioneer Feminist, Literary Star, Flaubert's Muse


This is a biography of the pioneer feminist, French author Louise Colet (1810-1876), incorporating aspects of mid-19th century European women's lives. She is best known as the greatest love of Gustave Flaubert, as one of his models for Emma Bovary, and as the recipient of some of Flaubert's most treasured letters. A mistress of Alfred de Vigny, Victor Hugo and Leconte de Lisle, she was known as "the muse" and presided over one of the most popular salons of mid-19th century Paris. What is less known is that at the apogee of her career she was a famous woman writer in France, a prolific author, fluent in poetry, fiction, historical essays and journalism (she won the Academie Francaise Poetry Prize four times). Louisa Colet was one of the first 19th-century authors to explore the historical causes of female alienation. She considerd many mid-19th century issues: the impact of the development of Bohemia; sexual conduct; the role of women in the salon and the oppression of women, to name but a few.

Format: Paperback
Published: in UK in 1995
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 432
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780140170641
ISBN 10: 0140170642

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Rage and Fire: A Life of Louise Colet - Pioneer Feminist, Literary Star, Flaubert's Muse