Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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en Puisaye, Burgundy, the rural setting where many of her novels take place. When she was 20, she was forced to ghostwrite several books for her first husband, Henri Gauthier-Villars. A famous story says he would lock Colette in her room until she had written enough pages. After divorce in 1906 ColetteColette mimed copulation in a sketch and caused a riot at the Moulin Rouge. She had a protector, a woman known as Missy, who was the niece of Napoleon III, the Marquise de Belboeuf, and managed her public image, as writer, actress, and lesbian. From 1910 to 1922, she worked as a correspondent for the newspaper Le Matin . It was during this time that she gained her reputation as a writer. Her works include The Vagabond (1912), Cheri (1929), The Last of Cheri (1932) and Gigi (1944). In the 1930s ColetteColette died on August 3, 1954 in Paris and was accorded a state funeral despite the refusal of Catholic rites on the grounds that she had been divorced. Her funeral was attended by thousands of mourners. became music hall performer at such places as La Chatte Amoureuse and L'Oiseau de Nuit. Once was made a member of the Belgian Royal Academy. She was the first woman to be admitted to the prestigious Goncourt Academy. In 1953 she became a grand officer of the Legion of Honour. Sidonie-Cabrielle Colette (January 28, 1873 – August 3, 1954) French novelist, belonging, in time, to the generation of such authors as Marcel Proust, Paul Valéry, André Gide, and Paul Claudel. Colette's career spanned from her early 20s to her mid-70s. Her main themes were joys and pains of love, and female sexuality in the male-dominated world. All her works are more or less autobiographical but Colette intentionally blurred the boundaries between fiction and fact. She wrote over 50 novels and scores of short stories. "By means of an image we are often able to hold on to our lost belongings. But it is the desperateness of losing which picks the flowers of memory, binds the bouquet." (Mes Apprentissages, 1936) Sidonie-Cabrielle Colette was born in the Burgundian village of Saint-Sauveur-en Puisaye. She was the daughter of a retired army captain, Jules-Joseph Colette. He had lost a leg in the Italian campaign and worked as a taxcollector with local political aspirations. Colette's mother, Adele Eugenie Sidonie Landoy, known as 'Sidonie' or 'Sido', was an unconventional character, a down-to-earth personality, devoted to her pets, books, and garden. Colette spent a happy childhood in rural surrounding, the scene of her many novels. At the age of 20 Colette married the writer and music critic Henri Gauthier- Villars, ('Monsieur Willy'); he was 15 years her senior. Colette's biographers' have labelled her first husband as a literary charlatan and degenerate. Encouraged to start a career as a writer Colette published in short period four
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2010 for the course EWRT 2 taught by Professor Brennan during the Spring '09 term at DeAnza College.

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