Collected Stories of Colette

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The Collected Stories of Colette beings together in one volume for the first time in any language the comprehensive collection of short stories by the novelist known worldwide as Colette, and now acknowledged, with Proust, as the most original French narrative writer of the first half of our century. of the one hundred stories gathered here, thirty-one appear for the first time in English and another twenty-nine have been newly translated for this volume.

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Overview

The Collected Stories of Colette beings together in one volume for the first time in any language the comprehensive collection of short stories by the novelist known worldwide as Colette, and now acknowledged, with Proust, as the most original French narrative writer of the first half of our century. of the one hundred stories gathered here, thirty-one appear for the first time in English and another twenty-nine have been newly translated for this volume.

"This large collection of her stories allows us t o share her exhilaration and to sample the pleasure of her prose... No other woman seems to have had as much experience to draw upon or as much secual sophistication... ." The New York Times Book Review.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Colette is a kind of corsetiere of love. This most French of all French writers tells us how love sometimes binds and keeps a woman from breathing freely or how it may shape and support her and help her to be beautiful . . . One thinks of her as the female voice of Paris . . . It's as if all the house fronts of Paris were cut away and we could see men and women talking, dressing, brooding, loving."—Anatole Broyard, The New York Times

"This large collection of her stories allows us to share her exhilaration and to sample the pleasure of her prose . . . no other woman seems to have had as much lived experience to draw upon or as much sexual sophistication . . . The voice of worldly feminine wisdom runs through her stories."—Phyllis Rose, The New York Times Book Review

"Like a table spread with the fruit and wine she celebrated in her books: 'Late-ripening cherries, rosy peaches, thin-skinned Marseilles figs, misty hot-house grapes and champagne shuddering in carafes of heavy crystal.' A sumptuous display."—Patricia Blake, Time

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374518653
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/1/1984
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 605
  • Sales rank: 545,220
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1873 in France, Colette was the author of many acclaimed novels noted for their intimate style. Other Colette titles from FSG include The Complete Claudine, The Vagabond, Chéri and The Last of Chéri, and Gigi, Julie de Carneilha, and Chance Acquaintances. She died in 1954.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Robert Phelps

A Note on the Text

Translator's Acknowledgments

PART I: Early Stories

CLOUK/CHÉRI

The Other Table

The Screen

Clouk Alone

Clouk's Fling

Chéri

The Return

The Pearls

DIALOGUES FOR ONE VOICE

Literature

My Goddaughter

A Hairdresser

A Masseuse

My Corset Maker

The Saleswoman

An Interview

MY FRIEND VALENTINE

A Letter

The Sémiramis Bar

"If I had a Daughter . . ."

Rites

Newly Shorn

Grape Harvest

In the Boudoir

The "Master"

Morning Glories

What Must We Look Like?

The Cure

Sleepless Nights

Gray Days

The Last Fire

A Fable: The Tendrils of the Vine

PART II: Backstage at the Music Hall

ON TOUR

The Halt

Arrival and Rehearsal

A Bad Morning

The Circus Horse

The Workroom

Matinee

The Starveling

Love

The Hard Worker

After Midnight

"Lola"

Moments of Stress

Journey's End

"The Strike, Oh, Lord, the Strike!"

Bastienne's Child

CHEAP-JACKS

The Accompanist

The Cashier

Nostalgia

Clever Dogs

0The Child Prodigy

The Misfit

FROM THE FRONT

"La Fenice"

"Gitanette "

The Victim

The Tenor

The Quick-Change Artist

Florie

Gribiche

PART III: Varieties of Human Nature

The Hidden Woman

Dawn

One Evening

The Hand

A Dead End

The Fox

The Judge

The Omelette

The Other Wife

Monsieur Maurice

The Burglar

The Advice

The Murderer

The Portrait

The Landscape

The Half-Crazy

Secrets

"Châ"

The Bracelet

The Find

Mirror Games

Habit

Alix's Refusal

The Seamstress

The Watchman

The Hollow Nut

The Patriarch

The Sick Child

The Rainy Moon

Green Sealing Wax

PART IV: Love

In the Flower of Age

The Rivals

The Respite

The Bitch

The Tender Shoot

Bygone Spring

October

Armande

The Rendezvous

The Kepi

The Photographers Wife

Bella-Vista

April

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