Dates: January 28, 1873 - August 3, 1954
Also known as: Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
Colette married Henri Gauthier-Villars, a writer and critic, in 1920. He published her first novels, the Claudine series, under his own pen name. After they divorced, Colette began performing in music halls as a dancer and mime, and produced another book. This was followed with more books, usually semi-autobiographical with a narrator named Colette, and many scandals, as she established her writing career.
Colette was married twice more: Henri de Jouvenal (1912-1925) and Maurice Goudeket (1935-1954).
Colette received the French Legion of Honor (Légion d'Honneur) in 1953.
Colette on this site
Colette on the Web
Featured Author: Colette
The New York Times archives with reviews of her books (1929 and later) and more recent articles, including her 1954 obituary.
Biography at the "books and writers" site
Elsewhere on About
- Colette: Classic Literature
- Categories: writer
- Places: France
- Period: 20th century
- Religious Associations: Roman Catholic *
*her marriages outside the church resulted in the Roman Catholic Church's refusal to allow a church funeral for her
Also on this site
- Claudine series 1900-1903
- Chéri 1920
La Fin de Chéri 1926
- Francis, Claud and Fernande Gontier. Creating Colette: Volume 1: From Ingenue to Libertine 1873-1913. ISBN 1883642914
- Francis, Claud and Fernande Gontier. Creating Colette: Volume 2: From Baroness to Woman of Letters 1913-1954.
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