The Last Rendezvous

A Novel
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Author(s): Anne Plantagenet
Original Publish Date: Mar 16, 2010
Product Number: EB00177358
Released: Jan 14, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781590513729
Publisher: Other Press
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Description

"Women are not supposed to write; yet I write." -Marceline Desbordes-Valmore In 1817, at the late age of thirty-three,Marceline Desbordes, the actress and Romantic poet-the only woman counted by Paul Verlaine among his poetes maudits, or "accursed poets," a group that included Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, and Alfred de Vigny-marries Prosper Valmore, a fellow actor who brings love and stability to her tumultuous life. Such stability is short-lived, however:When she meets Henri de Latouche, an influential man of letters, they soon begin a passionate affair. Although their tryst does not last more than a year, their relationship survives through letters and memory. It sparks inspiration in Marceline's work and leads her to create some of the most beautiful poetry in French literature. A talented poet, a romantic woman, a passionate lover, a nurturing mother, and a child at heart, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore is rescued from obscurity through Plantagenet's dazzling writing in this fictionalized biography. The book will include a selection of Desbordes-Valmore's poems in the original French and in an English translation by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louis Simpson.

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