George Sand (real name Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin and later Baroness Dudevant) was born on July 1, 1804 in Paris, France. She is a famous French novelist.
Biography and Career :
Her father was the nephew of de Saxa marshal and his name was Maurice Dupin du Francueil and her mother was a poor woman whose name was Sophie-Victoire Delaborde. On the 16th of September 1808 her father passed away.
George Sand finished her education between 1818-1820 in The Monastery of English Augustine in Paris.
When she was only 18 years old on the 17th of September 1822 she married the baron Casimir Dudevant and one year later she gave birth to her first child, Maurice.
She was unhappy in her marriage and she fell in love in 1827 with a young savant, Stephane Ajasson de Grandsagne, an
d she uses his skills to create a character in her book "Lelia". A child was born as a result of their passion, Solange, in 1830.
In 1831 she met Jules Sandeau who would become her lover. She didn't get well with his husband and so she took her children to Paris and in 1831 she wrote her first novel with her lover, Sandeau, "Rose and Blanche" published under the name J. Sand.
In May 1832 under the nickname George Sand she published the novel "Indiana" which made her successful immediately. In the same year appeared "Valentine" and her relationship with Sandeau fall apart.
In 1833 she was desperate but worked hard to finish her next novel "Lelia". She met and fall in love with Alfred de Musset and left with him to Venice. Their affair didn't last and in March 1834 Alfred came back to Paris alone. George stayed in Venice with his new lover dr. Pagello. When she came back to Paris she resumed her affair with Musset and met Liszt.
In 1835 she broke up with Musset for good and started the divorce procedure with Casimir Dudevant.
There were published in 1837 "Simon", "Mauprat" and " Les Mai®tres Mosai¯tes".
In 1838 she started a relationship with Chopin but ended in 1847. She went to Nohant where she started an autobiographic work "The Story of My Life".
She got involved in the Revolution but she was disappointed in 1848 and in the same year she published "Francois le Champi".
In 1854 appeared the drama "Mauprat" and the year before the novel with the same title.
On the 8th of June 1876 in Nohant George Sand passed away.
Important Writings :
1831 "Rose Et Blanche"
1837 "Les Mai®tres Mosai¯tes"
1842 "La Comtesse De Rudolstady"
1846 "Peche dr M Antoine"
1848 "Francois Le Champi"
1849 "La Petite Fadette"
1859 "Elle et Lui"
1861 "Marquis De Villemer"
1867 "Le Dernier Amour"
- "There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved."
- "Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it."
- "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead."
- "The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul."
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