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Devil's Pool and Other Stories, The

George Sand, A. M. Blackmore, E. H. Blackmore

Publication Year: 2004

Newly translated into English, “The Devil’s Pool” is the most popular of George Sand’s novellas and her best-selling work in France today. Illustrating Sand’s brevity, liveliness, and exemplary storytelling, the tale deals with many of her characteristic themes—the relations between the sexes, the plight of the underprivileged, and the role of fantasy in human life—making it an ideal introduction to her work. Also included are translations of two of Sand’s most admired short stories, “Lavinia” and “The Unknown God,” as well as various relevant essays and documents.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Series: SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation


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pp. 1-17

The Devil’s Pool (La Mare au diable) has always been George Sand’s most popular work. Scholars and specialists may have their own preferences; but with the general public, this book has always been the favorite. It is her Gigi, her Ethan Frome, her Pride and Prejudice. It is one of the few Sand works that continued to be read...

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Lacvinia (1833) An Old Tale

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pp. 19-52

Sir Lionel was disagreeably surprised by the arrival of this second letter. It caught him just as he was planning a trip to Luchon; the fair Miss Ellis, his betrothed, was expecting him to escort her there. It was sure to be a delightful trip. At a watering place, pleasure parties are almost always successful, because they...

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The Unknown God

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pp. 53-65

During the reign of Diocletian, while Christianity was advancing under persecution, Pamphilus, a presbyter from Caesarea, came to Rome to help the apostles’ successors—Gaius, Quentin, and various other holy men—in their efforts to prepare souls for martyrdom,¹ so that the blood of Christians might wash the stains...

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Open Letter to Monsieur Nisard (1836)

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pp. 67-73

Very few critics deserve to have either their praise acknowledged or their errors answered. If I receive your generous commendations with gratitude, and if I try to refute your strictures, it’s because I find that your work displays not only talent and insight, but also a great deal of broadmindedness and...

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Mothers in Fashionable Society (1845)

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pp. 75-86

I followed Arthur, and, next to a veritable shrub of camellias, we found two young ladies sitting in the midst of a cloud of more or less frivolous male butterflies. Arthur introduced me to the younger—at least, to the one who at first appeared to be so; she was the better dressed, the better groomed, the...

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The Devil’s Pool (1845)

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pp. 87-153

This quatrain in archaic French, printed below a picture by Holbein,¹ has a profoundly sad naïveté. The woodcut shows a farmer driving his plow across a field. A vast expanse of countryside extends into the distance; a few squalid huts are visible there; the sun is setting behind a hill. A hard day’s work is ending. The...

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A Country Wedding (1846) Designed to Follow The Devil’s Pool

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pp. 155-179

So ends the tale of Germain’s marriage, as that “expert plowman” himself told it to me. Forgive me, kind reader, for not having managed to translate it better—because the plain old-fashioned language of the region that “I sing” (as people used to say) does indeed need a translation. These people speak a dialect that may...

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Prefatory Note to The Devil’s Pool (1851)

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pp. 181-182

When I wrote The Devil’s Pool, which began a series of country novels that I intended to group together as Nights with the Hemp Dresser,¹ I had no special plan or idea of doing anything revolutionary in literature. Nobody can bring about a revolution singlehanded; especially in the arts, the human race sometimes does...


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pp. 183-194


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pp. 195-197

E-ISBN-13: 9780791484777
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791461495
Print-ISBN-10: 0791461491

Page Count: 203
Illustrations: 1 figure
Publication Year: 2004

Series Title: SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation
Series Editor Byline: Marilyn Gaddis Rose See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 62348797
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