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Monsieur V?s: Roman mat?aliste by Rachilde

by Rachilde
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ISBN10: 873529294
ISBN13: 9780873529297
Author: Rachilde
Length: 211 pages
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Modern Language Association Of America
Publish Date: 2004
Language: French


Editors: Melanie Hawthorne, Liz Constable

When the rich and well-connected Raoule de Vénérande becomes enamored of Jacques Silvert, a poor young man who makes artificial flowers for a living, she turns him into her mistress and eventually into her wife. Raoule's suitor, a cigar-smoking former hussar officer, becomes an accomplice in the complications that ensue.

A writer and cultural arbiter of a salon in France from the early 1880s until 1930, Rachilde (Marguerite Eymery) won celebrity with this scandalously decadent novel. An inversion of the Pygmalion story, the book was judged to be pornographic, and a Belgian court sentenced its author (in absentia) to two years in prison. Verlaine congratulated Rachilde on the invention of a new vice.

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