Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Colette 1873-1954

In a memoir written in her forties, Colette said that she owed all her success as a writer to the appeal that her mother made to her constantly in her childhood, as she did her farm chores, to "Look, look!" Colette died in Paris in 1954, during the worst thunderstorm to visit Paris in sixty-seven years. She was eighty-one then, but her passion for observation was undiminished. Her last conscious act was to gesture toward the flashing lightning and exclaim,"Look, look!"

(from The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes by Clifton Fadiman)

If you are looking for a place to start reading the novels of Colette, I suggest The Vagabond, first published in 1910.



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