1873 - 1954

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Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (French: [sidɔni ɡabʁijɛl kɔlɛt]; 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954), known mononymously as Colette, was a French author and woman of letters. She was also a mime, actress, and journalist. Colette is best known in the English-speaking world for her 1944 novella Gigi, which was the basis for the 1958 film and the 1973 stage production of the same name. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Colette has received more than 3,922,501 page views. Her biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Colette is the 294th most popular writer (down from 208th in 2019), the 330th most popular biography from France (down from 246th in 2019) and the 52nd most popular French Writer.

Colette is most famous for her novel "Claudine's Education" which was published in 1900.

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Notable Works

Claudine à l'école
Le blé en herbe
"Gigi" is the story of a young girl being raised in a household more concerned with success and money than with the desires of the heart. But Gigi is uninterested in the dishonest society life she observes all around her and remains exasperatingly Gigi ... "Julie de Carneilhan," focuses on a contest of wills between Julie, an elegant woman of forty, and her ex-husband. "Chance Acquaintances," a novella, involves an invalid wife, her philandering husband, and a music-hall dancer whose odd meeting at a French spa affects and indelibly marks each one of their lives.-Back cover.
La fin de Chéri
Love stories, French
At the end of Cheri the young Cheri left his aging mistress Lea on the eve of his marriage. Having served in the army during the war Cheri returns to Paris haunted by memories of his carefree youth and the bounty of his benevolent mistress. In the post-war 1920's he finds it impossible to settle down to a new life with his efficient and entrepreneurial wife and friends.As his looks and his reputation begin to deteriorate Cheri's life is thrown into crisis as he attempts to recapture the contentment and companionship of his luxurious youth. As Cheri and Lea confront each other, and the changes a decade has wrought on their lives and their looks, Colette displays the incredible sensitivity and insight for which she is justly famous.
La vagabonde
La fin de Chéri
Fiction, Fiction, general, French fiction
Fiction, France, France in fiction
Le blé en herbe
French fiction, Fiction, Continental european fiction (fictional works by one author)
Claudine à l'école
Fiction, Translations into English, Girls
Fiction, In literature, Romance Frances
Gigi is a 1944 novella by French writer Colette. The plot focuses on a young Parisian girl being groomed for a career as a courtesan and her relationship with the wealthy cultured man who falls in love with her and eventually marries her. -- taken from [Wikipedia][1] [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigi
La vagabonde
Fiction, Actresses, Divorced women


Among writers, Colette ranks 294 out of 7,302Before her are Marcus Terentius Varro, Gerhart Hauptmann, Emily Dickinson, Arthur C. Clarke, Pearl S. Buck, and Carl Spitteler. After her are Sayyid Qutb, Anne Brontë, Jon Fosse, Heinrich von Kleist, Claude Simon, and Lucan.

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Among people born in 1873, Colette ranks 5Before her are Sergei Rachmaninoff, Thérèse of Lisieux, Enrico Caruso, and Johannes V. Jensen. After her are Konstantin von Neurath, Jules Rimet, Alexis Carrel, Thomas Andrews, Luigi Lucheni, Henri Barbusse, and Alfred Jarry. Among people deceased in 1954, Colette ranks 8Before her are Henri Matisse, Alan Turing, Enrico Fermi, Heinz Guderian, Robert Capa, and Princess Märtha of Sweden. After her are Getúlio Vargas, Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Alcide De Gasperi, André Derain, Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Otto Diels.

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In France

Among people born in France, Colette ranks 330 out of 6,770Before her are Georges de La Tour (1593), Paul Valéry (1871), Elisabeth of Valois (1545), Anne of Brittany (1477), Josquin des Prez (1450), and Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1275). After her are Luc Montagnier (1932), Louis VI of France (1081), François Couperin (1668), Sophie Germain (1776), Nadar (1820), and Pierre Beaumarchais (1732).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Colette ranks 52Before her are Germaine de Staël (1766), François Mauriac (1885), Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749), François de La Rochefoucauld (1613), Alphonse Daudet (1840), and Paul Valéry (1871). After her are Pierre Beaumarchais (1732), Chrétien de Troyes (1135), Antonin Artaud (1896), Françoise Sagan (1935), Roger Martin du Gard (1881), and Guillaume de Machaut (1300).