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Proust's duchess: how three celebrated women captured the imagination of fin-de-siècle Paris

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From the author of the acclaimed Queen of Fashion—a brilliant look at the glittering world of turn-of-the-century Paris through the first in-depth study of the three women Proust used to create his supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes.Geneviève Halévy Bizet Straus; Laure de Sade, Comtesse de Adhéaume de Chevigné; and Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, the Comtesse Greffuhle—these were the three superstars of fin-de-siècle Parisian high society who, as Caroline Weber says, "transformed themselves, and were transformed by those around them, into living legends: paragons of elegance, nobility, and style." All well but unhappily married, these women sought freedom and fulfillment by reinventing themselves, between the 1870s and 1890s, as icons. At their fabled salons, they inspired the creativity of several generations of writers, visual artists, composers, designers, and journalists. Against a rich historical backdrop, Weber takes the reader into these women's daily lives of masked balls, hunts, dinners, court visits, nights at the opera or theater. But we see as well the loneliness, rigid social rules, and loveless, arranged marriages that constricted these women's lives. Proust, as a twenty-year-old law student in 1892, would worship them from afar, and later meet them and create his celebrated composite character for The Remembrance of Things Past.
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subject_facetAristocracy (Social class) -- France -- Paris -- Biography
Chevigné, Laure de, -- 1859-1936
Greffulhe, Elisabeth, -- comtesse, -- 1860-1952
Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Proust, Marcel, -- 1871-1922 -- Contemporaries
Proust, Marcel, -- 1871-1922 -- Sources
Proust, Marcel, -- 1871-1922. -- À la recherche du temps perdu
Straus, Geneviève, -- 1849-1926
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title_displayProust's duchess : how three celebrated women captured the imagination of fin-de-siècle Paris
title_fullProust's Duchess How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris
Proust's duchess : how three celebrated women captured the imagination of fin-de-siècle Paris / Caroline Weber
title_shortProust's duchess
title_subhow three celebrated women captured the imagination of fin-de-siècle Paris
topic_facetAristocracy (Social class)
Biography & Autobiography
Chevigné, Laure de
Contemporaries
Greffulhe, Elisabeth
History
Intellectual life
Literary Criticism
Nonfiction
Proust, Marcel
Social life and customs
Straus, Geneviève
Women