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Memoirs of a Courtesan in Nineteenth-Century Paris

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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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Susan
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jen
Feb 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Rachel Pollock
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating account of an incredible life. I probably could have read it in one sitting if i'd had the luxury to do so.
Patricia
must have lost something in the translation
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Apr 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: uh..
This book was translated by my french and english professor so I gave it a shot. I found it fascinating.
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