George Sand by Ms. Elizabeth Harlan

By Ms. Elizabeth Harlan

George Sand used to be the main famous—and so much scandalous—woman in nineteenth-century France. As a author, she was once significantly prolific—she wrote greater than 90 novels, thirty-five performs, and millions of pages of autobiography. She encouraged writers as diversified as Flaubert and Proust yet is frequently remembered for her amorous affairs with such figures as Musset and Chopin. Her affair with Chopin is the main infamous: their nine-year dating led to 1847 whilst Sand started to suspect that the composer had fallen in love along with her daughter, Solange. Drawing on archival sources—much of it missed by way of Sand’s prior biographers—Elizabeth Harlan examines the intertwined problems with maternity and id that hang-out Sand’s writing and outlined her lifestyles. Why was once Sand’s courting along with her daughter so fraught? Why was once a girl so recognized for her own and literary audacity eventually so conflicted approximately women’s liberation? so as to resolve the riddle of Sand’s identification, Harlan examines a latticework of lives that come with Solange, Sand’s mom and grandmother, and Sand’s personal protagonists, whose tales enlarge her personal.

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Maurice’s aristocratic pedigree and a logical assumption of attendant wealth may have been persuasive, as well. Even though Maurice had boasted freely to his mother when he was courting an elegant canoness in Cologne, he waited several months before mentioning Sophie in his letters home. This rankled Sophie, who resented the nervous subterfuge in which Maurice was engaged with his controlling mother. Hadn’t she sacrificed a wealthy senior oªcer to become his mistress? Why wasn’t he willing to sacrifice his wretched old mother?

I made the decision. I did the impossible, but sending her o¤ thus, I certainly had to provide for her well-being. I took an advance against my salary from the division paymaster of sixty louis, and I insisted she go to work in Paris; as she was leaving, she sent me back the money. I ran after her, brought her back, and we spent three days together in tears. I spoke to her about you and brought her to hope that someday, when you got to know her better, you would stop fearing her. She resigned herself and left.

Although Sand never explicitly draws the conclusion, a relationship between traumatic loss of virginity and subsequent frigidity emerges. In all events, Marie-Aurore did not have to endure marriage with Antoine de Horne for very long. Arriving in Schelestadt on a Monday, Horne complained of chest pains the following morning, was repeatedly bled (the accepted treatment for a host of illnesses at that time), and by Friday was dead. After only five months of marriage, Marie-Aurore was widowed at the age of eighteen.

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