The Romances of George Sand: takes the heroine from a childhood in the aristocracy amidst the Napoleonic Wars, to an unhappy early marriage and eventual divorce, to her careers as a country doctor, pharmacist, lawyer, and most successfully as a romance novelist. This is a story about the... show more
The Romances of George Sand: takes the heroine from a childhood in the aristocracy amidst the Napoleonic Wars, to an unhappy early marriage and eventual divorce, to her careers as a country doctor, pharmacist, lawyer, and most successfully as a romance novelist. This is a story about the revolutions in a woman s heart as she goes through dozens of love affairs. It is also about George s involvement in violent, political revolutions of her time, including the July and June Revolutions and the 1848 Revolution; in the latter, she served as the unofficial Minister of Propaganda. The story is full of military battles, coup d etat maneuvers, duels, malevolent plots, infidelity, artistic discussions, monumental legal cases, and reflections on the nature of love, family, romance, rebellion, and femininity. The history behind each of the events depicted is researched with biographical precision, but liberty is taken with some events that have been contested by historians, including the lesbian affair George had with Marie Dorval and the identity of the real father of her second child. Students of literature and history will recognize many of the central characters, as George befriended Napoleon I and III, Alexander Dumas pere and fils, Frederic Chopin, Alfred de Musset, and a long list of other notables. Contents: Introduction. Chapter 1: The Revolution and the Social Contract. Chapter 2: Conscription Service and the Fight for Legitimacy. Chapter 3: Escorting the Emperor. Chapter 4: The Spanish Excursion. Chapter 5: The Fateful Leopardo. Chapter 6: Imperial Divorce and the Fatal War with Russia. Chapter 7: The English Augustines Convent. Chapter 8: Independence and Confinement. Chapter 9: Casimir Dudevant. Chapter 10: Postpartum Depression. Chapter 11: A Change of Regimes and Aurelien de Seze. Chapter 12: The July Revolution and Jules Sandeau. Chapter 13: Fame and Mme. Marie Dorval. Chapter 14: Duels, Infidelity, and Alfred de Musset. Chapter 15: Mardi Gras and Pietro Pagello. Chapter 16: The Mammoth Trial, Divorce, and Michel de Bourges, or Everard. Chapter 17: A Decade with Frederic Chopin. Chapter 18: The 1848 Revolution and the Minister of Propaganda s Residential Lovers. Glossary of Names. Images. For more information about this title, take a look at Anaphora Literary Press' website.