Colette


Born
in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, Yonne, Burgundy, France
January 28, 1873

Died
August 03, 1954

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Colette was the pen name of the French novelist and actress Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. She is best known, at least in the English-speaking world, for her novella Gigi, which provided the plot for a famous Lerner & Loewe musical film and stage musical. She started her writing career penning the influential Claudine novels of books. The novel Chéri is often cited as her masterpiece.

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Gigi

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“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
Colette

“I went to collect the few personal belongings which...I held to be invaluable: my cat, my resolve to travel, and my solitude.”
Colette

“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ”
Colette

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January 2017 Short Story Poll

The Pearl by John Steinbeck, 1947, 96 pages
 
  58 votes, 24.5%

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 1879, 122 pages
 
  38 votes, 16.0%

 
  32 votes, 13.5%

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, 1888, 32 pages
 
  32 votes, 13.5%

The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain, 1916, 121 pages
 
  25 votes, 10.5%

Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesen, 1958, 54 pages
 
  15 votes, 6.3%

Gigi by Colette, 1942, 58 pages
 
  15 votes, 6.3%

 
  12 votes, 5.1%

The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster, 1909, 48 pages
 
  10 votes, 4.2%

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