The passionate pursuit of beauty : the literary career of Judith Gautier (1845-1917)

Barbara Jessome-Nance
Judith Gautier's career as a poet, dramatist, novelist, translator and critic spanned more than fifty years. A scholar who spoke and wrote Chinese, she became a distinguished Orientalist and the first female member of the Academie Goncourt. Unfortunately, posterity has not confirmed the success and acclaim she enjoyed as a writer during her lifetime. The reasons for this success and subsequent decline are not difficult to explain. In an age of colonial expansion, the exotic...
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