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The Last Love of George Sand: A Literary Biography

 
 
Author
Evelyne Bloch-Dano. Allison Charette, trans.
Publisher Arcade  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.1 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781611457162
Pages/Publication Date 277/2013
Daedalus Item Code 52139
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As famous for her bohemian lifestyle as for her written work, George Sand remains one the most celebrated writers and controversial personalities of 19th-century France. She was known for her tumultuous love affairs with such figures as Alfred de Musset, Frédéric Chopin, and Prosper Mérimée, yet Evelyne Bloch-Dano focuses here on her mature years with her last lover, the young and talented engraver Alexandre Manceau. With Manceau, a quiet artist 13 years her junior, Sand discovered that she could be loved, and fall in love herself, without drama, and their 15 years together would prove to be the most prolific period of her life.

"Delightful reconstruction of the deeply fulfilling, late-life romance of the French novelist with a devoted, younger engraver. Obviously a labor of love, this work by the accomplished French biographer Bloch-Dano is highly entertaining and original. The author sees her job as reassembling the life of her subject from scattered pieces and 'the ravages of time' and then, if all else fails, using her imagination to fill in the details much like a novelist. The result is a series of pointed assertions like light bulbs going off in her head, questions and switching to the present tense, all while sticking to the courageous, romantic spirit of her subject. Bloch-Dano's portrait is poignant and beautifully researched. A love story probably suppressed by Sand's resentful son, brought here to vivid life in the hands of her capable biographer."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 
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