The Vagabond

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Translated from the French by Enid McLeod.

Thirty-three years old and recently divorced, Renée Néré has begun a new life on her own, supporting herself as a music-hall artist. Maxime, a rich and idle bachelor, intrudes on her independent existence and offers his love and the comforts of marriage. A provincial tour puts distance between them and enables Renée, in a moving series of letters and meditations, to resolve alone the struggle between ...

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Overview

Translated from the French by Enid McLeod.

Thirty-three years old and recently divorced, Renée Néré has begun a new life on her own, supporting herself as a music-hall artist. Maxime, a rich and idle bachelor, intrudes on her independent existence and offers his love and the comforts of marriage. A provincial tour puts distance between them and enables Renée, in a moving series of letters and meditations, to resolve alone the struggle between her need to be loved and her need to have a life and work of her own.

Born in 1873 in France, Colette was the author of many acclaimed novels noted for their intimate style. She died in 1954.

". . . one of the first and best feminist novels ever written, is that rare thing: a great book . . . also inspiring." (Erica Jong)

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"The paradoxes of great literature are those of human nature, and Colette is nothing if not human . . . Accessible and elusive; greedy and austere; courageous and timid; subversive and complacent; scorchingly honest and sublimely mendacious; an inspired consoler and an existential pessimist—these are the qualities of the artist and the woman. Its is time to rediscover them." —From the Introduction

"The Vagabond, one of the first and best feminist novels ever written, is that rare thing: a great book which is also inspiring." —Erica Jong

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<:st>Reprint of the 1955 edition (which is cited in , with a new 16 p. introduction by Judith Thurman. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374528041
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 952,971
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    really enjoyable read

    One of the great joys of reading is to be transported to another world you wouldn't know about otherwise. This is a great example of the fun of being someplace else at another time and feeling part of the scene. I always enjoy reading anything by Colette and this book gives you an insight into her life as well as being a very enjoyable read.

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