Born into the French upper class and married into fashionable circles, Colette became notorious for her promiscuity. She had well-publicized affairs with both men and women, including the eccentric, aristocratic, cross-dressing music-hall performer Mathilde de Mornay, marquise de Belboeuf
Family and Intimate relationships
was still not divorced from Willy (her first husband) when she began a lesbian affair with Missy (Mathilde de Mornay, marquise de Belboeuf
), a duke's daughter and a woman of the theatre...
's name became a scandal when (appearing at the Moulin Rouge as a bejewelled mummy in a sarcophagus) she was brought back to life with a kiss from Missy (the show's author) in the...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
Colette imagines the Ladies of Llangollen (Lady Eleanor Butler
and Sarah Ponsonby
, born during the eighteenth century) living among twentieth-century accoutrements like cars, cigarettes, and crossword puzzles.
Mavor, Elizabeth. The Ladies of Llangollen. Penguin, 1973.