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The Last Rendezvousby Willard Wood
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"Women are not supposed to write; yet I write." -Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
In 1817, at the late age of thirty-three, Marceline Desbordes, the actress and Romanticpoet-the only woman counted by Paul Verlaine among his "poetes maudits," or "accursed poets," a group that included Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, and Alfred deVigny-marries Prosper Valmore, a fellow actor who brings love and stability to her tumultuous life. Such stability is short-lived, however: When she meets Henri de Latouche, an influential man of letters, theysoon begin a passionate affair. Although their tryst does not last more than a year, their relationship survives through letters and memory. It sparks inspiration in Marceline's work and leads her to create someof the most beautiful poetry in French literature. A talented poet, a romantic woman, a passionate lover, a nurturing mother, and a child at heart, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore is rescued from obscurity throughPlantagenet's dazzling writing in this fictionalized biography. The book will include a selection of Desbordes-Valmore's poems in the original French and in an English translation by the PulitzerPrize--winning poet Louis Simpson.
Presents a fictionalized biography of the 19th-century French Romantic poet and actress, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.
Anne Plantagenet was born in 1972 in Burgundy and spent her childhood in Champagne. After stays in London and Seville, she now lives in Paris. She has published translations from the Spanish; two biographies, Marilyn Monroe (Gallimard, 2007) and Manolete
About the Author
Anne Plantagenet was born in 1972 in Burgundy and spent her childhood in Champagne. After stays in London and Seville, she now lives in Paris. She has published translations from the Spanish; two biographies, Marilyn Monroe (Gallimard, 2007) and Manolete (Ramsay, 2005); a first novel, Un Coup de corne fut mon premier baiser (Ramsay, 1998); and an acclaimed story collection, Pour les sicles des sicles (Stock, 2008). The Last Rendezvous is the recipient of the 2005 Prix du r
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