Memoirs of a Courtesan in Nineteenth-Century Paris / Edition 1

Memoirs of a Courtesan in Nineteenth-Century Paris / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0803282737
ISBN-13:
9780803282735
Pub. Date:
09/28/2001
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
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Memoirs of a Courtesan in Nineteenth-Century Paris / Edition 1

When Céleste Mogador's memoirs were first published in 1854 and again in 1858, they were immediately seized and condemned as immoral and unsuitable for public consumption. For a reader in our more forgiving times, this extraordinary document offers not only a portrait of the early life of an intelligent, courageous, and infinitely intriguing Frenchwoman but also an exceedingly rare inside look at the world of the courtesans and prostitutes of nineteenth-century France.

 

Writing to conciliate judges and creditors, Mogador (born Céleste Venard in 1824) explains how with tenacity, wit, and audacity, she managed to escape a difficult childhood and subsequent life of prostitution to become, successively, a darling of the dance halls, a circus rider, and an actress, all the while attracting wealthy young men who vied for her favor. Although her account gives readers a peek into the rakish demimonde made famous by Verdi's opera La Traviata, its greatest value lies in its candid picture of a spunky, self-educated woman who doggedly transformed herself into an esteemed and prolific novelist and playwright, who fell in love with a count and married him, and who made her name synonymous with the bohemian life of the 1840s and 1850s in Paris.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803282735
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Series: European Women Writers Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 325
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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