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Colette

28 January 1873 - 3 August 1954

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was born in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, Yonne, in the Burgundy Region of France. In 1893 she married Henri Gauthier-Villars, a famous wit known as "Willy", who was 15 years her senior. Her first books, the Claudine series, were published under the pen name of her husband, "Willy". In 1906 she left her husband and lived for a time with the American writer and salonist Natalie Barney. The two had a short affair, and remained friends until Colette's death. She then started working in the music halls of Paris with Mathilde de Morny, the Marquise de Belbeuf, with whom she became romantically involved. In 1907, they performed together in a pantomime entitled Rêve d'Égypte at the Moulin Rouge. Their onstage kiss nearly caused a riot, which the police were called in to suppress. As a result of this scandal, further performances of Rêve d'Égypte were banned and Colette and de Morny were no longer able to openly live together, though their relationship continued a total of five years. She was also involved with the Italian writer Gabriele D'Annunzio during this time. In 1912 she married Henri de Jouvenel, the editor of the newspaper Le Matin. She had one daughter. In 1914, she was asked to write a ballet for the Opéra de Paris, but the composer Maurice Ravel convinced her to rework it into an opera, L'Enfant et les sortilèges, which opened after the war in 1925. During World War I she converted her husband's estate into a hospital for the wounded. After the war, her writing career became more successful after the publication of her novel Chéri (1920). She divorced her husband after having an affair with her stepson. She married Maurice Goudeket in 1935 and changed her name to Sidonie Goudeket. Maurice Goudeket published a book about her called Close to Colette: An Intimate Portrait of a Woman of Genius. She published around 50 novels in total, many with autobiographical elements.

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  • Cover of: Chéri: and The last of Chéri.
    First published in 1900 61 editions in 2 languages — 5 previewable Cover of edition cheriromanneueub0000verf Cover of edition chrilastofch00colerich Cover of edition chrilastofch00cole Cover of edition cheriandlastofch0000cole_c5h4

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  • Cover of: The ripening seed
    First published in 1923 30 editions in 2 languages — 3 previewable Cover of edition ripeningseedlebl00cole Cover of edition ripeningseed0000cole

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  • Cover of: La vagabonde: roman
    First published in 1910 27 editions in 2 languages — 1 previewable

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  • Cover of: Claudine at school
    First published in 1900 23 editions in 2 languages — 3 previewable Cover of edition claudineatschool0000cole Cover of edition claudinelcole0000cole

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  • Cover of: The lastof Chéri
    First published in 1926 22 editions in 3 languages — 2 previewable Cover of edition lafindechriroman0000cole

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  • Cover of: Gigi: Julie de Carneilhan. Chance acquaintances
    First published in 1900 21 editions in 2 languages — 2 previewable Cover of edition gigijuliedecarne0000cole_x0b4

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  • Cover of: maison de Claudine
    First published in 1922 18 editions in 1 language

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  • Cover of: Claudine in Paris
    First published in 1902 17 editions in 2 languages — 1 previewable

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  • Cover of: Oeuvres complètes de Colette.

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  • Cover of: Oeuvres comple  tes de Colette.: Che ri ; La vagabonde ; En camarades ; La de capite e ; L'enfant et les sortile  ges ; Me langes biblographie.

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  • Cover of: Colette par elle-même.: Présentation de Germaine Beaumont

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  • Cover of: Claudine married
    First published in 1912 14 editions in 3 languages — 1 previewable

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  • Cover of: Mitsou: and Music-hall sidelights
    First published in 1919 14 editions in 3 languages — 2 previewable Cover of edition mitsoumusichalls00cole

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  • Cover of: L' entrave: roman.
    First published in 1920 13 editions in 1 language

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  • Cover of: La chatte: roman.
    First published in 1933 13 editions in 1 language — 1 previewable

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  • Cover of: The vagabond.
    First published in 1954 12 editions in 2 languages — 2 previewable Cover of edition vagabond00cole_0

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  • Cover of: My mother's house: and Sido
    First published in 1953 11 editions in 1 language — 1 previewable

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  • Cover of: La naissance du jour.
    First published in 1928 11 editions in 2 languages

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  • Cover of: stories

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  • Cover of: Duo and Le toutounier: two novels
    First published in 1934 10 editions in 2 languages — 2 previewable Cover of edition duoletoutouniert00colerich

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September 27, 2020 Edited by MARC Bot add ISNI
March 28, 2020 Edited by Camillo Pellizzari merge authors
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April 1, 2008 Created by an anonymous user initial import