Courtesan and Countess

The Lost and Found Memoirs of the French Consul’s Wife

Jana Verhoeven, Alan Willey, Jeanne Allen, Jana Verhoeven (translator)
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Courtesan and Countess

Published

1 December 2015

ISBN

9780522868845

Pages

288

Weight

354g

Size

215mm x 148mm

Imprint

MUP Academic

Courtesan and Countess

The Lost and Found Memoirs of the French Consul’s Wife

Jana Verhoeven, Alan Willey, Jeanne Allen, Jana Verhoeven (translator)
Céleste de Chabrillan, former courtesan and widow of the first French Consul to Melbourne, became the most prolific female stage writer in nineteenth-century France. Forever haunted by her scandalous past, Céleste fought to hold her place in an artistic world dominated by men.

Courtesan and Countess
tells the story not only of her struggle as a creative artist to survive and earn a living, but also of her fascinating life at the centre of the bohemian circles of Paris, surrounded by friends such as Alexandre Dumas père, Georges Bizet and Prince Napoléon. Courtesan and Countess paints a portrait of a remarkable woman and of the turbulent world of Paris during the Belle Epoque.

Lost for more than eighty years until discovered by the authors in the attic of a French country manor, these are the unpublished and final set of memoirs from Céleste de Chabrillan.
Céleste de Chabrillan, former courtesan and widow of the first French Consul to Melbourne, became the most prolific female stage writer in nineteenth-century France. Forever haunted by her scandalous past, Céleste fought to hold her place in an artistic world dominated by men.

Courtesan and Countess
tells the story not only of her struggle as a creative artist to survive and earn a living, but also of her fascinating life at the centre of the bohemian circles of Paris, surrounded by friends such as Alexandre Dumas père, Georges Bizet and Prince Napoléon. Courtesan and Countess paints a portrait of a remarkable woman and of the turbulent world of Paris during the Belle Epoque.

Lost for more than eighty years until discovered by the authors in the attic of a French country manor, these are the unpublished and final set of memoirs from Céleste de Chabrillan.

The text reveals a fascinating woman: headstrong, opinionated and passionately immersed in her times.”
Jana Verhoeven, Alan Willey and Jeanne Allen

About the author

Jeanne Allen taught French at La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne and has published on the French in colonial Australia.

About Jeanne Allen

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