6 October 2019

Le Jardin des Personnalités, Honfleur #10: Lucie Delarue-Mardrus

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus (1874-1945) was a poet, novelist, and sculptor who was born in Honfleur and died in Château-Gontier. She married the orientalist Dr Joseph-Charles Mardrus, with whom she visited many mainly eastern countries, and later divorced and had affairs with such women as Natalie Barney, Romaine Brooks and Germaine de Castro. After dividing her life between Paris and Honfleur she moved to Château-Gontier in 1938. Probably the most famous of her many novels is L'Ex-Voto (1922), concerning the fishing community in Honfleur, which was adapted into a film in 1928 by Marcel l'Herbier called Le Diable au cœur.

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