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Memoirs of a Courtesan in Nineteenth-Century Paris
When Céleste Mogador's memoirs were first published in 1854 and again in 1858, they were immediately seized and condemned as immoral and unsuitable for public consumption. For a reader in our more forgiving times, this extraordinary document offers not only a portrait of the early life of an intelligent, courageous, and infinitely intriguing Frenchwoman but also an ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Bison Books
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Celeste Mogador was a feisty, passionate woman who assesses herself unflinchingly. Her descriptions of life in the demi-mondaine of Paris in the 30s and 40s reveals, among other things, fascinating interactions among women generated by their struggle for power in a world where women have very little. Mogador is a name given to her by fans early in her career, but eventually she exchanged it for a title; the second half of the book covers the tumultuous relationship with the aristocrat who ...more
I had to read this book for a history course about nineteenth-century Europe. If you're looking for a glimpse into the life of a prostitute, then this book will definitely do. Mogador writes honestly and fully leaving no aspect, good or bad, of a courtesan's life hidden. Everything comes out in this book, and it will show you a side of prostitution that you very well might not have known existed. I probably wouldn't have read this book if not for my professor's assignment, but I'm glad that I ...more