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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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Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published 1976)
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april violet
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. ...more
Michael A.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing... if Bataille is the "shadow of post-structuralism", Laure is the shadow of Bataille. Of course, both are much more than this. But without Laure, would have become of Bataille's later works? The mutual influence on each other is clear, but to me it seems like Laure had a much stronger one on Bataille than vice versa. To discuss Laure in terms of Bataille is unfair to Laure, however, as she stands on her own - in fact, I actually think her short story "Story of a Little Girl" is better t ...more
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... ...more
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.
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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. ...more
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i don't know about this book. Colette was fun and sweaty, but was she brilliant? Only time will tell. ...more
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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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