Fun Facts Friday: George Sand

July 1, 2016

George Sand (1 July, 1804 – 8 June, 1876) was a French novelist and memoirist.

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By Eugène Delacroix – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202.
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1)      George Sand was the nom de plume of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin.

2)      Maurice Dupin, her father, was the illegitimate son of Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland and grandson to Maurice, Comte de Saxe, Marshal General of France.

3)      She is also related to King Louise Phillipe of France through other ancestors.

4)      Writer Jules Sandeau not only inspired her to write, but also her nom de plume.

5)      Besides novels, Sand also authored political texts and literary criticism establishing her as a Socialist.

6)      Sand created many controversies, one of which was wearing men’s clothes and smoking in public.

7)      She said men’s clothes was sturdier and less expensive than ones noble women wore at the time.

8)      A benefit for wearing men’s clothes at the time was that she could move around Paris more freely.

9)      Her behavior did not go unnoticed and she had to relinquish some of the privileges of a baroness.

10)   She had many public romances, including with Frédéric Chopin

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