WRITER

George Sand

1804 - 1876

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Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin de Francueil (French: [amɑ̃tin lysil oʁɔʁ dypɛ̃]; 1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her pen name George Sand (French: [ʒɔʁʒ sɑ̃d]), was a French novelist, memoirist and journalist. One of the most popular writers in Europe in her lifetime, being more renowned than either Victor Hugo or Honoré de Balzac in England in the 1830s and 1840s, Sand is recognised as one of the most notable writers of the European Romantic era. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Sand has received more than 2,952,949 page views. Her biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). George Sand is the 97th most popular writer (down from 95th in 2019), the 93rd most popular biography from France (up from 102nd in 2019) and the 21st most popular French Writer.

George Sand was a French novelist who wrote under the male pseudonym of George Sand. She is most famous for her novels, especially Lélia, which was published in 1833.

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Notable Works

La petite Fadette
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Set in the French countryside of George Sand’s childhood and narrated in the unique voice of a Berrichon peasant, La Petite Fadette is a beloved 1848 novel about identical twin brothers and Fadette, the mysterious waif with whom they both fall in love. The brothers, Landry and Sylvinet, belong to a highly respected farm family. When young Landry meets Fadette, whose very name suggests that she is a witch, he is captivated by the girl despite her lowly status and disreputable family. Sylvinet soon follows suit. Fadette’s relationship with the twins defies the patriarchal norms of French society as well as the expectations of the village, resulting in a tale of love, courage, and clever strategy winning out over superstition and prejudice. Provided by Penn State University Press https://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-07936-3.html
Indiana
Fiction, Man-woman relationships, Marriage
J'ai ecrit Indiana durant l'automne de 1831. C'est mon premier roman; je l'ai fait sans aucun plan, sans aucune theorie d'art ou de philosophie dans l'esprit. J'etais dans l'age ou l'on ecrit avec ses instincts et ou la reflexion ne nous sert qu'a nous confirmer dans nos tendances naturelles. On voulut y voir un plaidoyer bien premedite contre le mariage. Je n'en cherchais pas si long, et je fus etonne au dernier point de toutes les belles choses que la critique trouva a dire sur mes intentions subversives.
Consuelo
Fiction, Accessible book
Consuelo is a novel by George Sand, first published serially in 1842-1843 in La Revue indépendante, a periodical founded in 1841 by Sand, Pierre Leroux and Louis Viardot. According to the Nuttall Encyclopædia, it is "[Sand's] masterpiece; the impersonation of the triumph of moral purity over manifold temptations." The character of Consuelo was supposedly modeled after Louis Viardot's wife, the soprano Pauline Viardot. Pauline Viardot was a good friend of both Sand's and of her lover, Frédéric Chopin.
La charca del diablo
widowers, family, rural life
"*The Devil’s Pool* was written very quickly in 1846. It’s a pastoral novella set in her native Berry region and depicts a way of rural life that would pass away with industrialisation. The characters of the novel are not urban sophisticates but peasants dependent on the land, whose lives are closely knitted together in community, intermarriage and the connecting relations of villages and occupations." <sup>[1][1]</sup> [1]: http://www.laurahird.com/newreview/devilspool.html
Mauprat
Fiction, Love stories
Histoire de ma vie
Childhood and youth, Biography, French Novelists
Histoire d'une famille, de Fontenoy a Marengo. .Chapitre 1.Je ne pense pas qu'il y ait de l'orgueil et de l'impertinence a ecrire l'histoire de sa propre vie, encore moins a choisir, dans les souvenirs que cette vie a laisses en nous, ceux qui nous paraissent valoir la peine d'etre conserves. Pour ma part, je crois accomplir un devoir, assez penible meme, car je ne connais rien de plus malaise que de se definir et de se resumer en personne. L'etude du coeur humain est de telle nature, que plus on s'y absorbe, moins on y voit clair ; et, pour certains esprits actifs, se connaitre est une etude fastidieuse et toujours incomplete. Pourtant je l'accomplirai, ce devoir ; je l'ai toujours eu devant les yeux ; je me suis toujours promis de ne pas mourir sans avoir fait ce que j'ai toujours conseille aux autres de faire pour eux-memes : une etude sincere de ma propre nature et un examen attentif de ma propre existence. Une insurmontable paresse (c'est la maladie des esprits trop occupes et celle de la jeunesse par consequent) m'a fait differer jusqu'a ce jour d'accomplir cette tache ; et, coupable peut-etre envers moi-meme, j'ai laisse publier sur mon compte un assez grand nombre de biographies pleines d'erreurs, dans la louange comme dans le blame.

Among WRITERS

Among writers, George Sand ranks 97 out of 7,302Before her are Henry David Thoreau, Jack London, Toni Morrison, Erich Maria Remarque, Emily Brontë, and Matsuo Bashō. After her are Marquis de Sade, Jonathan Swift, Ismail I, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Paulo Coelho.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1804, George Sand ranks 2Before her is Franklin Pierce. After her are Ludwig Feuerbach, Johann Strauss I, Napoléon Louis Bonaparte, Benjamin Disraeli, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Emil Lenz, Allan Kardec, Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Mongkut, and Mikhail Glinka. Among people deceased in 1876, George Sand ranks 2Before her is Mikhail Bakunin. After her are Abdülaziz, Josephine of Leuchtenberg, Truganini, Karl Ernst von Baer, George Armstrong Custer, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Catherine Labouré, Marie d'Agoult, Ildefons Cerdà, and Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg.

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In France

Among people born in France, George Sand ranks 93 out of 6,770Before her are Pope Urban II (1042), Gustave Courbet (1819), Irène Joliot-Curie (1897), Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (1736), Michel de Montaigne (1533), and Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749). After her are Marquis de Sade (1740), Caracalla (188), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864), Marcel Duchamp (1887), Claude Debussy (1862), and Louis XI of France (1423).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, George Sand ranks 21Before her are Octave Mirbeau (1848), Marcel Proust (1871), Romain Rolland (1866), Charles Perrault (1628), Arthur Rimbaud (1854), and François Rabelais (1494). After her are Marquis de Sade (1740), André Gide (1869), Jean de La Fontaine (1621), Sully Prudhomme (1839), Anatole France (1844), and Jean Cocteau (1889).