Colette, 1873–1954

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Biographical note

French novelist and performer, full name Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Colette published 50 novels in total, many with autobiographical elements. Her themes can be roughly divided into idyllic natural tales or dark struggles in relationships and love. All her novels were marked by clever observation and dialogue with an intimate, explicit style.

Works

  • Claudine à l'école (1900)
  • Claudine à Paris (1901)
  • Claudine en ménage (1902)
  • Claudine s'en va (1903)
  • Dialogues de Bêtes (1904)
  • La Retraite Sentimentale (1907)
  • Les Vrilles de la vigne (1908)
  • La Vagabonde (1910)
  • L'Envers du music hall (1913)
  • La Paix Chez les Bêtes (1916)
  • L'enfant et les sortilèges (1917, Ravel opera libretto)
  • Mitsou (1919)
  • Chéri [1920]
  • La Maison de Claudine (1922)
  • Le Blé en herbe (1923)
  • La Fin de Chéri (1926)
  • La Naissance du Jour (1928) (translated as Break of Day)
  • Sido (1929)
  • Le Pur et L'Impur (1932)
  • La Chatte (1933)
  • Duo (1934)
  • Le Képi (1943)
  • Gigi (1945)
  • L'Étoile Vesper (1947)
  • Le Fanal Bleu (1949)
  • Paradis terrestre, with photographs by Izis Bidermanas (1953)
  • Barks and Purrs (Sept dialogues de bêtes) / translated by Maire Monica Kelly
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