Biography Of Madame Dudevant, Or George Sand

Biography of Madame Dudevant, who used the pen name of George Sand was a 19th century French Novelist who was known for her contempt of morality.

Madame Dudevant became the most celebrated French writer of her age in the department of fiction. But her genius and celebrity cannot come close to matching her contempt for morality and purity. She lived a lifestyle strictly opposed to moral living. She was a mother of two illegitimate children, and in fact even denounced the whole system of marriage.

Madame Dudevan's family history was quite marred. Her father, Maurice Dupin, died when she was but four years of age and she was left to the care of her grandmother, the countess de Hover, who was the illegitimate daughter of the famous Marshal Saxe, who in turn was the illegitimate son of Augustus II, King of Poland; so while there was royal blood in her veins, there was little reason to boast of it.

After spending her early years with her grandmother, she passed three years in a convent, where she became so over zealous that her teacher had to admonish her. After she was rebuked, depression set in and she became greatly despondent.

At eighteen she married M. Dudevant, an officer in the French army. Though he was not brilliant, he was a man of modest wealth and of good character. They lived together for nine years in matrimonial misery and then Madame Dudevant fled to the arms of a lover. While living with him, she wrote her first novel, "Indiana".

Having left her lover, Madame Dudevant went to Paris and took up writing for a living. She threw off all womanly restraints and assumed the dress of a man.

Her novels, which appeared in the "Revue des Deux Mondes" under the name of George Sand, proved popular. Her "Lelia" created a sensation by its advocacy of infidelity and social disorder.

She wrote in all about sixty novels and twenty plays. For more than a quarter of a century she continued year after year continued to produce new works.

It was said about her that "She has stayed in many camps, and lent her pen to many causes, she has had many friends and many lovers, but to one cause only has she remained constant - the cause of human progress; and the only master in whose service she has never wearied is Art."

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