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Laure (1903—1938) was a revolutionary poet, masochist Catholic rich girl, and world traveler. Toward the end of her life she became the lover of French writer Georges Bataille. Her writings and her real life story were remarkable in their violence and intensity, and her relationships with Bataille and Michel Leiris clearly influenced their works.

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Paperback, 314 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published 1976)
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M Gilbert
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Colette (Laure) Peignot was a Parisian writer, world traveler, and revolutionary who towards the end of the her life become the lover of the philosopher of excess, George Bataille. She died at the age of 35. The romantic me did what I knew I would do when the book came in the mail, which was to jump to the end of the book to read Laure's letters to Bataille, and work my way backwards to the story of her girlhood. That's what I did.

It's clear to me that Laure Peignot was a very intelligent woman.
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Tosh
Oct 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
They don't make little girls like Laure anymore. The fuel behind Georges Bataille finally gets her own collection of writings and it's a fascinating read. In fact she is sort of a walking and living Bataille novel. As a reader it's amazing to sit back and watch how certain individual react to their world, their time, and how the 20th Century unfold it with a great sense of erotica and adventure. As well as horror...
Maddy
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of problems with this - how Laure is defined by her great romances, or in other words, by the men around her. I don't mean to discredit the importance that love and the relationships we have as not being central to our lives, but I feel like she is defined by those around her. This is problematic for her writings are about defining or separating herself from the world around her.

Regardless, it has been a while since I've had a dead French woman to obsess over.
Jena
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Laure is the literary grandmother of anyone who ever suspected female sexual subjectivity had something to do with the holy trinity of birth, life, and death. It's not incidental that the greatest philosophical works take place in the gutter.
Lisa
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Laure: The Collected Writings by Laure (1995)
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Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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It isn't difficult to see why Bataille was in love with Laure. She lived intensely and was at odds with her bourgeois and Catholic upbringing, but not without cost it seems. I sensed her desperation.
Jason
May 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
i don't know about this book. Colette was fun and sweaty, but was she brilliant? Only time will tell.
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Colette Peignot (October 8, 1903 - November 7, 1938) was a French author who is most known by the pseudonym Laure, but also wrote under the name Claude Araxe.

She was profoundly affected by the deaths of her father, brothers and uncle during World War I. As a prominent member of Georges Bataille's secret society Acéphale, she had an intense affair with the author, whose Blue of Noon is based on eve
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