George Sand was the most popular writer of any gender in Europe by the age of 27,  being more popular than both Victor Hugo and Honore de Balzac in England in the s and s,  and remained immensely popular as a writer throughout her lifetime and long after her death. Early in her career, her work was in high demand and already by , the first of several compendia of her writings was published in 24 volumes. Theatre pieces and autobiographical pieces include Histoire de ma vie , Elle et Lui , about her affair with Musset , Journal Intime posthumously published in , and Correspondence.
Sand often performed her theatrical works in her small private theatre at the Nohant estate. Sand was well-known around the world, while her social practices, writings, and beliefs prompted much commentary, often by other members of the world of arts and letters. Sand's literary debut came as a result of a collaboration with the writer Jules Sandeau. They published several stories together, signing them "Jules Sand.
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In addition, Sand authored literary criticism and political texts. Because of her early life, she sided with the poor and working class as well as women's rights. When the Revolution began, she was an ardent republican. Sand started her own newspaper, which was published in a workers' co-operative. However, she was appalled by the violence of the Paris Commune.
She wrote: "The horrible adventure continues. They ransom, they threaten, they arrest, they judge. Politically, she became very active after and the leaders of the day often consulted with her and took her advice.
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Sand was known for her implication and writings during the Paris Commune , where she took a position for the Versailles assembly against the " communards ," urging them to take violent action against the "rebels. Sand's writing was immensely popular during her lifetime and she was highly respected by the literary and cultural elite in France.
Victor Hugo , in the eulogy he gave at her funeral, said "the lyre was within her. In this country whose law is to complete the French Revolution and begin that of the equality of the sexes, being a part of the equality of men, a great woman was needed.
It was necessary to prove that a woman could have all the manly gifts without losing any of her angelic qualities, be strong without ceasing to be tender… George Sand proved it. Eugene Delacroix was a close friend and respected her literary gifts. He also noted that her treatment of imagery in her works showed that her writing had an exceptional subtlety, having the ability to "virtually put the image in the word. Not all of her contemporaries admired her or her writing: poet Charles Baudelaire was one contemporary critic of George Sand:  "She is stupid, heavy and garrulous.
Her ideas on morals have the same depth of judgment and delicacy of feeling as those of janitresses and kept women The fact that there are men who could become enamoured of this slut is indeed a proof of the abasement of the men of this generation. The American poet Walt Whitman cited Sand's novel Consuelo as a personal favorite, and the sequel to this novel, La Comtesse de Rudolstadt , contains at least a couple of passages that appear to have had a very direct influence on him. Frequent literary references to George Sand can be found in Possession by A. George Sand also makes an appearance in Isabel Allende 's Zorro , going still by her given name, as a young girl in love with Diego de la Vega, i.
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Retrieved 12 June From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Portrait of George Sand by Auguste Charpentier Paris , France. Nohant-Vic , France. Casimir Dudevant m. Maurice Dupin father Sophie-Victorie Delaborde mother. George Sand was an idea. She has a unique place in our age.
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