By Julie Kavanagh
This riveting biography brilliantly explores the fast, extreme, and passionate lifetime of the rustic lady from Normandy, who at 13 fled her brute of a father to visit Paris. nearly in a single day she grew to become some of the most renowned courtesans of the 1840s—the notion for Alexandre Dumas fils’ The girl of the Camellias and Verdi’s La Traviata. together with her aristocratic methods, stylish outfits and signature camellias, Marie was once regularly an issue of fascination on the opera and the street cafés. Her demise at twenty-three from tuberculosis created such an outpouring of sympathy within the press that Charles Dickens, who used to be in Paris on the time, was once surprised. “Everything is erased within the face of an incident that is way more important,” he wrote, “the romantic demise of 1 of the glories of the demi-monde, the gorgeous, the recognized Marie Duplessis.”
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1892). “For a few time”: Judith, los angeles vie d’une grande comédienne. “like matches of madness”: January 1821. Nesselrode, Lettres et papiers, vol. 6. “a duchess couldn't have smiled differently”: Dumas fils, l. a. dame aux camélias. “retired existence”: Vandam, An Englishman in Paris, vol. 1. “Mixing in simple terms with males of wealth and education”: Parent-Duchâtelet, los angeles prostitution à Paris. half 3: the girl OF THE CAMELLIAS “In novels”: Arsène Houssaye, guy approximately Paris, trans. Henry Kepler (London: Victor Gollancz, 1972). “the poem of Paris”: Quoted in Philip Mansel, Paris among Empires: Monarchy and Revolution 1814–1852 (London: John Murray, 2001). “culinary glory”: Jacques Castelnau, En remontant les grands boulevards (Paris: Le Livre Contemporain, 1960). “Nobody used to be tolerated”: Claudin, Mes souvenirs. “I gave in”: Quoted in Joanna Richardson, Rachel (London: Max Reinhardt, 1956). “Le tout Paris”: Jules Bertaut, Le side road (Paris: Jules Tallandier, 1957). “Alphonsine Plessis pursuits me very much”: Quoted in Vandam, An Englishman in Paris. “I desired to comprehend the refinements”: Judith, l. a. vie d’une grande comédienne. “Whoever dares”: Quoted in Arsène Houssaye, l. a. pécheresse (Paris: M. Lévy Frères, 1863). “friend of the Café de Paris band”: Bertaut, Le street. “without mind, yet with a wealthy instinct”: Roqueplan, Parisine. “but she talked not anything yet nonsense”: Houssaye, guy approximately Paris. His major expertise used to be as an observer: Vandam’s anecdotal “Notes and Recollections,” entitled An Englishman in Paris, used to be first released anonymously in 1892 after which reprinted a number of occasions below his personal identify. “something upsetting and voluptuous”: Claudin, Mes souvenirs. “The Irish woman”: Ibid. Lola’s phony Spanish glance: The painter is probably going to were both Jean-Charles Olivier, a student of Delaroche, who exhibited on the Paris Salon from 1840 to 1848, or Louis-Camille d’Olivier, who really good in snap shots and whose paintings was once proven on the Salon among 1848 and 1870. “Only the big black eyes”: Paul de Saint-Victor, Le théâtre contemporain (Paris: C. Lévy, 1889). “a girl of unnerving contrasts”: Jennifer Homans, Apollo’s Angels: A heritage of Ballet (London: Granta, 2010). “the devotion of the erotic Boulevard”: Claudin, Mes souvenirs. “Disciples of Eros”: Roger de Beauvoir, Voluptueux souvenirs; ou, Le Souper des Douze (Paris: Romainville, no date). “the such a lot audacious”: Castelnau, En remontant les grands boulevards. “thrice rich”: Preface to Roger de Beauvoir, Les soupers de mon temps (collection of Jean-Marie Choulet). “not one had the verve of Roger de Beauvoir”: Ibid. “My pricey Arvers”: Quoted in Léon Séché, Alfred de Musset: L’homme et l’oeuvre—Les camarades (Paris: Société du Mercure de France, 1907). “At first glance”: Houssaye, guy approximately Paris. “the consecration of Marie Duplessis”: Johannes Gros, Alexandre Dumas et Marie Duplessis (Paris: Louis Conard, 1923). “From the stage”: The Goncourt Journals, 1851–1870, ed. Lewis Galantière (London: Cassell, 1937). “All those women desired to be actresses”: Houssaye, guy approximately Paris.