George Sand: A Biography

George Sand: A Biography

by Curtis Cate

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ISBN-13: 9780380007004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/1976
Age Range: 12 Years

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George Sand 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cserpent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like your reviews up-close and personal, and enjoy reading about Drama Queens, this one's for you. Sand's life is but a series of love affairs, which provided the grease and grift for her extreme literary fecundity. Some lovers were writing partners, all were travel partners, most were considerably younger than she. Some took wonderful care of her and her affairs. Generally she took great care of them and their health, Chopin being a notable example. To her, posterity probably owes his prodigious musical compositional output in what was a short life after she and he split up. She lived a long relatively healthy and energetic life, through many key periods of France's history. At one point she was a Revolutionist. She was involved in politics for a long time, but became disenchanted and withdrew back into Art. It is somewhat tortuous and annoying to read her superannuated and self-deceptive correspondence with various and sundry, especially about the ups and downs of her various love affairs. What a Drama-Queen.! Sand was indeed the Queen of the Romantics. A man's woman, BTW. Very few female friends, and those that she had would often turn against her, including her own daughter.The most revealing thing about her was not in her copious and self-serving correspondence, that one is forced to wade through, but was a footnote by the author, noting that after Chopin died, she destroyed the original diary entry and/or letter she'd sent to him while they were in some foreign country, threatening to have him committed to an insane asylum unless he did thus and so, and WROTE AN ENTIRELY NEW ENTRY THAT SHE PASSED OFF AS ORIGINAL. Shame, shame, shame, for such a great writer and lady bountiful to act in such a low manner. That was the side of Sand that she did NOT reveal in her copious correspondence.