Colette


Born
in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, Yonne, Burgundy, France
January 28, 1873

Died
August 03, 1954

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Colette was the pen name of the French novelist and actress Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. She is best known, at least in the English-speaking world, for her novella Gigi, which provided the plot for a famous Lerner & Loewe musical film and stage musical. She started her writing career penning the influential Claudine novels of books. The novel Chéri is often cited as her masterpiece.

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3.90 avg rating — 2,749 ratings — published 1926 — 34 editions
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Chéri

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3.68 avg rating — 3,205 ratings — published 1920 — 107 editions
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3.97 avg rating — 2,558 ratings — published 1910 — 67 editions
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Gigi and The Cat

3.72 avg rating — 1,825 ratings — published 1944 — 17 editions
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The Complete Claudine

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4.17 avg rating — 1,431 ratings — published 1903 — 13 editions
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3.69 avg rating — 1,574 ratings — published 1932 — 27 editions
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Gigi

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The Collected Stories

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4.13 avg rating — 1,063 ratings — published 1958 — 10 editions
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“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
Colette

“I went to collect the few personal belongings which...I held to be invaluable: my cat, my resolve to travel, and my solitude.”
Colette

“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ”
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