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Naked in the Marketplace : The Lives of George Sand - Benita Eisler

Naked in the Marketplace

The Lives of George Sand

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Who was George Sand? She was the first famous Frenchwoman celebrated throughout Europe who wasn't either a saint or a king's mistress. She was also the first woman in Europe to become a best-selling novelist. But her fame is inseparable from her notoriety: the scandal of leaving a husband and child, setting up in Paris with an eighteen-year-old lover, liaisons and friendships with men of talent and even genius: de Musset, Chopin, Balzac, and Flaubert. Politically engaged, Sand was literally, "there at the revolution," those of 1831 and 1848, reporting, analyzing, denouncing, exhorting. She believed always in Progress as she did in Love, though she was doomed to be betrayed in both. Acclaimed literary biographer Benita Eisler sheds new light on the many roles, triumphs, and losses that together constituted Sand's overwhelming presence. With nearly ninety novels, 20,000 letters, and thousands of pages of autobiographical writings and political commentary, how did Sand also have the time to live? As Eisler reveals, hers seems more like several lives--literary, political, amorous, and domestic. Earlier biographers have either flash-frozen Sand into a feminist icon or blurred her in the dynamic of "child of the century," but Naked in the Marketplace presents Sand at her essence--the outsized persona and the inner woman, along with the unique and irreplaceable role she played in the history of her times.

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"[Written] with poetic insight and admirable brevity, combining analytical skill with that of a novelist."
"Insightful...an admirably full and well-balanced account of an extraordinarily crowded and dramatic life."
"Lively...vividly told.... A much more detailed and illuminating account of the poet's life than any previous book."
"The way these artists forged volatile lives and stellar careers is presented in vibrant, enthralling detail...Fascinating, well-researched, and well-written."
"No rendition is better than Benita Eisler's...Prodigious research, excellent writing and an intuitive, psychologically rich analysis...Eisler animates not only the lives of her protagonists: she also suggests new and meaningful ways to understand their art. It is biography at its best."

A Voyagep. 1
War Zonesp. 11
Liberationsp. 25
Knights Errantp. 39
True Confessionsp. 51
Rebel into Writerp. 63
"Madame Dudevant Has Died in Paris..."p. 79
"Lelia"p. 91
Two for the Roadp. 103
Double Exposurep. 117
A Political Educationp. 131
The Long Goodbyep. 145
The Music Makersp. 159
The House of Art and the House of Lifep. 173
Separate Tablesp. 185
Children of Paradisep. 197
A House Dividedp. 209
Lucrezia Florianip. 223
The Unmaking of a Radicalp. 235
Stages of Happinessp. 249
Last Actsp. 261
Notes and Sourcesp. 279
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9781582433813
ISBN-10: 158243381X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1