2 December 2011

George Sand in Paris: Literary Île-de-France #49

George Sand (1804—76) was born at 15 rue Meslay, which is today number 46, in the 3rd arrondissement. Her name at her birth was Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, although (partly under the inspiration of her friend Jules Sandeau) she started a fashion by adopting a male name: later, other women writers adopted men's names — Marie d'Agoult's was Daniel Stern, and Delphine de Girardin's Charles de Launay.


Sand was not brought up in Paris but in the château at Nohant by her grandmother, who was a passionate reader of Voltaire. She was married against her wishes to Baron Dudevant in 1822, but left him in 1831 to pursue independence as a writer.

'ICI EST NÉE LE 1 JUILLET 1804

AURORE DUPIN DITE GEORGE SAND
LITTÉRATEUR ET AUTEURE DRAMATIQUE'

One of Sand's later addresses in Paris was 31 rue de Seine, in the 5th arrondissement, which was occupied for many years by Raymond Duncan in the 20th century.


'GEORGE SAND (1804—76)

habita cette maison en 1831
puis RAYMOND DUNCAN
y créa l'Académie
de 1929 à 1966'

And a street in Auteuil in the 16th arrondissement remembers her.

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