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French writer George Sand (Aurore Dudevant) wrote over one hundred novels and plays. Her correspondence fills twenty-five volumes. She averaged two novels a year after 1831. British writers including Elizabeth Barrett Browning and George Eliot were strongly influenced by her writing, and her notorious life became one of the benchmarks by which women writers were judged. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 July 1804 The future GS was born in Paris, where she was in due course christened Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin. Bibliographic Citation link.
1829 Aurore Dudevant (later GS) wrote her first novel to cheer up a friend who was ill. A chapter of this, "La marraine" ('The Godmother'), was published posthumously. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-October 1854 GS's tremendously successful autobiography, Histoire de ma vie, published this year in France, began to appear in English translation; further volumes followed. Bibliographic Citation link.
1876 GS completed her final novel, Marianne, and began Albine, which she left unfinished at the seventh chapter. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 June 1876 GS died at Nohant, her ancestral home, possibly of cancer. Bibliographic Citation link.
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