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George Sand

by Martine Reid Penn State University Press
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Hbk 280 pages
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The romantic and rebellious novelist George Sand, born in 1804 as Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, remains one of France’s most infamous and beloved literary figures. Thanks to a peerless translation by Gretchen van Slyke, Martine Reid’s acclaimed biography of Sand is now available in English.


Drawing on recent French and English biographies of Sand as well as her novels, plays, autobiographical texts, and correspondence, Reid creates the most complete portrait possible of a writer who was both celebrated and vilified. Reid contextualizes Sand within the literature of the nineteenth century, unfolds the meaning and importance of her chosen pen name, and pays careful attention to Sand’s political, artistic, and scientific expressions and interests. The result is a candid, even-handed, and illuminating representation of a remarkable woman in remarkable times.


With its clear, flowing language and impeccable scholarship, this Ernest Montusès Award–winning biography of the author of La Petite Fadette and A Winter in Majorca will be of great interest to those specializing in Sand and nineteenth-century literature—and to readers everywhere.


Foreword by Gretchen van Slyke

Chronological Points of Reference



I. 1804–1831

II. 1832–1851

III. 1852–1875





“Endowed with an impressive lightness of touch and remarkable concision, Reid’s biography is clearly meant to be accessible to a non-specialist readership. In this, however, the book sacrifices none of its scholarliness.”

—Claire White, H-France

Martine Reid is Professor of French Language and Literature at Lille University. She is the editor of several critical editions of George Sand’s work, including Mademoiselle Merquem and La Petite Fadette, the latter also published by Penn State University Press.


Gretchen van Slyke is Professor of French at the University of Vermont and the translator of George Sand’s novels The Countess von Rudolstadt and La Petite Fadette, the latter also published by Penn State University Press.