Standard Name: Colette
Birth Name: Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
Married Name: Sidonie-Gabrielle Gauthier-Villars
Married Name: Sidonie-Gabrielle de Jouvenel
Married Name: Sidonie-Gabrielle Goudeket
Pseudonym: Willy
Pseudonym: Colette
Pseudonym: Colette Willy
Colette , a Frenchwoman whose career began with the twentieth century, wrote nearly eighty volumes of fiction (often depicting lesbian or other scandalous sexuality), as well as journalism, memoirs (she is a great self-fashioner), and plays. Only a fraction is commented on here. Eight various collections of her letters have been printed, and many more remain unpublished. Her favourite topics are love, sensuality, and people's jockeying for power in relationships; she is a pioneer in the representation of female desire.
Castle, Terry. “Yes you, sweetheart”. London Review of Books, pp. 3-8.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Family and Intimate relationships Simone de Beauvoir
SB 's feeling of unalterable security as a small child came from her nursemaid, Louise, who existed, as I thought, only in order to watch over my sister and myself.
Beauvoir, Simone de. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter. Translator Kirkup, James, Penguin.
Her mother felt responsible...
Fictionalization Lady Eleanor Butler
Among many less formal honours during the ladies' lifetimes, the most extraordinary was LEB 's award of a French, ancien régime, military medal: the Croix St Louis. It is shown in a famous portrait of...
Fictionalization Natalie Clifford Barney
NCB has been a magnet for biographers (recently as the subject with Romaine Brooks of Diana Souhami 's Wild Girls in 2004 and as a minor character in Joan Schenkar 's Truly Wilde: the Unsettling...
Friends, Associates Violet Trefusis
The Princesse hosted a salon at 57 Avenue Henri-Martin attended by Anna de Noailles , Cocteau , Paul Valéry , and Proust , who incorporated some of his perceptions of the gatherings into A la...
Friends, Associates Una Troubridge
The couple's circle of friends included many notable women: painter Romaine Brooks , writers Natalie Barney , Violet Hunt , and Iris Tree (daughter of actor Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree), the Duchess Clermont Tonnerre ...
Friends, Associates Una Troubridge
In the wake of Hall's death, UT found some strength from her friendships with women, such as the writers Colette and Natalie Barney .
Cline, Sally. Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John. John Murray.
Friends, Associates Radclyffe Hall
During the 1920s, RH and Una Troubridge were friends with a wide range of writers, actors, and artists, including Ida Wylie , Romaine Brooks , Natalie Barney , Noël Coward , Tallulah Bankhead , and...
Friends, Associates Natalie Clifford Barney
By the 1920s the salon attracted an impressive array of prominent writers, artists, and intellectuals, including Paul Valéry , Colette , Jean Cocteau , Gabriele D'Annunzio , Rabindranath Tagore , Ernest Hemingway , F. Scott
Intertextuality and Influence Brigid Brophy
One of the twelve sections is no more fifty words. The novel's decadent style inhabits the minds of several characters, particularly that of the tall, fragile, perpetually exhausted but secretly sexually voracious Antonia Mount. Her...
Intertextuality and Influence Bryher
After the Second World War, and Influenced by her varied studies (of Shakespeare , Mallarmé , Colette , and of Persia) as well as by her perceptions of contemporary European warfare, Bryher wrote...
Intertextuality and Influence J. K. Rowling
Robert Galbraith has his own website, which details his military background and his work first for the military police and then in private security. He says his flamboyant, unusual mother came from Cornwall and went...
Intertextuality and Influence Michèle Roberts
The title story uses mud or muddy almost thirty times. MR writes, as always, as a feminist; these stories occupy a borderline between the self-making of women and their appropriation into patriarchal stories. She enjoys...
Intertextuality and Influence Michèle Roberts
The French side of MR 's heritage includes influence from George Sand and Colette .
Newman, Jenny. “Michèle Roberts”. Contemporary British and Irish Fiction, edited by Sharon Monteith et al., Arnold, pp. 119-34.
In a recent interview she stresses the intimate connection, in her view, between memory and creativity, and the fact...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Bowen
The authors whom EB wrote of for the British Council in English Novelists are (as the commission required) canonical and mostly male. She was deeply influenced by Virginia Woolf , and wrote after Woolf's death...
Intertextuality and Influence Anita Brookner
It is titled from the apparently Swiss resort hotel where the heroine, Edith Hope, is packed off by her friends after an embarrassing public faux pas. Trapped in an unsuspected love-affair with a married man...


1 January 1916: The British edition of Vogue (an American...

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The British edition of Vogue (an American fashion magazine) began publishing from Condé Nast in Hanover Square, London.


Colette,. Chéri. Calmann-Lévy, 1920.
Colette,. Claudine à l’école. P. Ollendorff, 1900.
Colette,. Creatures Great and Small. Translator McLeod, Enid, Secker and Warburg, 1951.
Colette,. Creatures Great and Small. Translator McLeod, Enid, Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1951.
Colette,. Gigi et Autres Nouvelles. La Guilde de Livre, 1944.
Thurman, Judith et al. “Introduction”. My Mother’s House; and Sido, translated by. Una Troubridge and Enid McLeod, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001, p. vii - xxiv.
Colette,. L’Entrave. Librairie des Lettres, 1913.
Colette,. La Maison de Claudine. J. Ferenczi, 1922.
Colette,. La Naissance du Jour. E. Flammarion, 1928.
Colette,. La Retraite Sentimentale. Mercure de France, 1907.
Colette,. La Seconde. Ferenczi, 1929.
Colette,. La Vagabonde. P. Ollendorff, 1910.
Colette,. Le Pur et l’Impur. Aux Armes de France, 1941.
Colette,. Lettres à Sa Fille, 1916-1953. Editor Jouvenel, Anne de, Gallimard, 2003.
Colette,. Mes Apprentissages. Ferenczi, 1936.
Colette,. My Mother’s House; and Sido. Translators Troubridge, Una and Enid McLeod, Secker and Warburg, 1953.
Colette,. “Préface”. Lettres à Sa Fille, 1916-1953, edited by Anne de Jouvenel et al., Gallimard, 2003, pp. 7-19.