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When Céleste Mogador's memoirs were first published in 1854 and again in 1858, they were immediately seized and condemned as immoral and unsuitable for public consumption. For a reader in our more forgiving times, this extraordinary document offers not only a portrait of the early life of an intelligent, courageous, and infinitely intriguing Frenchwoman but also an exceedingly rare inside look at the world of the courtesans and prostitutes of nineteenth-century France.
 
Writing to conciliate judges and creditors, Mogador (born Céleste Venard in 1824) explains how with tenacity, wit, and audacity, she managed to escape a difficult childhood and subsequent life of prostitution to become, successively, a darling of the dance halls, a circus rider, and an actress, all the while attracting wealthy young men who vied for her favor. Although her account gives readers a peek into the rakish demimonde made famous by Verdi's opera La Traviata, its greatest value lies in its candid picture of a spunky, self-educated woman who doggedly transformed herself into an esteemed and prolific novelist and playwright, who fell in love with a count and married him, and who made her name synonymous with the bohemian life of the 1840s and 1850s in Paris.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Translator’s Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxii
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  1. 1. My Stepfather
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. The Hunter and the Hunted
  2. pp. 11-16
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  1. 3. The Lyon Insurrection
  2. pp. 17-27
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  1. 4. M. Vincent
  2. pp. 28-39
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  1. 5. Thérèse
  2. pp. 40-50
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  1. 6. Denise
  2. pp. 51-62
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  1. 7. The Fall
  2. pp. 63-77
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  1. 8. Effects of a Hospital Stay
  2. pp. 78-84
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  1. 9. The Bal Mabille
  2. pp. 85-93
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  1. 10. A ‘‘Queen’s’’ Destiny
  2. pp. 94-103
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  1. 11. The Hippodrome
  2. pp. 104-111
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  1. 12. Lise’s Yellow Dress
  2. pp. 112-133
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  1. 13. A Chariot Race
  2. pp. 134-139
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  1. 14. Travel Impressions
  2. pp. 140-145
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  1. 15. Acts of Desperation
  2. pp. 146-153
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  1. 16. Lise’s Return
  2. pp. 154-164
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  1. 17. Dinner at the Café Anglais
  2. pp. 165-170
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  1. 18. Lionel
  2. pp. 171-182
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  1. 19. In the Country
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. 20. Gust of Wind at Le Havre and Masked Ball at the Opera
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. 21. Hooray for Reform!
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. 22. Roulette
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. 23. La Pépine
  2. pp. 205-210
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  1. 24. The June Insurrection
  2. pp. 211-215
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  1. 25. Château Life
  2. pp. 216-220
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  1. 26. Richard
  2. pp. 221-230
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  1. 27. Cholera Gives Me a Godchild
  2. pp. 231-234
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  1. 28. Dramatic Follies and Folies-Dramatiques
  2. pp. 235-241
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  1. 29. Proud Women, Passionate Men
  2. pp. 242-248
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  1. 30. London
  2. pp. 249-255
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  1. 31. Unfortunate Encounter
  2. pp. 256-261
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  1. 32. The Girl from the Provinces
  2. pp. 262-268
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  1. 33. Death Throes of a Fortune
  2. pp. 269-275
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  1. 34. To the Antipodes
  2. pp. 276-286
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  1. 35. My Law Lesson
  2. pp. 287-290
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  1. 36. The Variétés Theater
  2. pp. 291-296
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  1. 37. A Dead Woman and a Ghost
  2. pp. 297-301
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  1. 38. A Miner’s Diary
  2. pp. 302-308
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  1. 39. Let My Destiny Be Done!
  2. pp. 309-316
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 317-322
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  1. Works by Céleste de Chabrillan
  2. pp. 323-325
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803202139
MARC Record
OCLC
50753843
Pages
325
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
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