Colette, a Provincial in Paris

Colette, a Provincial in Paris

Colette, a Provincial in Paris

Colette, a Provincial in Paris

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It is over fifty years now since Colette began her writer's career as the unknown author of Claudine at School. In that time the girl from the Burgundy village was to become the first woman member of the Académic Goncourt and Grand Officier of the Legion of Honor.

In that time, too, she made a great number of friends and through her three marriages she acquired a great number of relations. Nobody who has ever known Colette could ever forget her everything, from her way of working to the sound of her voice, is fixed irrevocably in the memory of a great number of people. I was lucky enough in writing this book to meet and correspond with men and women who have known her at every stage of her life; there was the elderly anonymous Russian poet in St. Germain des Prés who had known Colette and Willy when he . . .

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