28 January 1873
Colette was born at Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye
, in Burgundy
, as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. The name she chose to write under was her father's surname.
, which appeared this year—one of her best-known works, both as a novel and in a later dramatised version—is remarkable for its reversal of gender stereotypes.
Colette published Le Pur et l'Impur
, a memoir of life in lesbian circles in Paris
in the 1920s and 1930s.
Colette published at Lausanne
in neutral Switzerland
a collection of her shorter prose, Gigi et Autres Nouvelles
. French editions followed in 1945.
A combined translation from Colette by Roger Senhouse
was published as Gigi. Julie de Carneilhan. Chance Acquaintances
8:30 3 August 1954
Colette died of cardiac arrest in Paris