A MIND OF HER OWN: A Life of the Writer George Sand by Tamara Hovey

A MIND OF HER OWN: A Life of the Writer George Sand

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A respectable chronicle, which considers George Sand's commitment to work, the tremendous popularity and then controversality of her writing, and her late conversion to political consciousness--along with the socially mixed upbringing, the affectation of men's clothes and cigars, the succession of lovers famous and otherwise, the disagreeable husband whom marriage gave sole control over her inheritance. Like many YA biographers, Hovey seems to feel called upon to take her subject's part and viewpoint throughout: there is no indication that Sand's prose might be found wanting today (Hovey in fact suggests a comeback); each love affair is seen as eternal but for the male's jealousy or hang-ups or the malicious ""interference of third parties""; and the eccentric costume was strictly' a practical response to existing restrictions on women's movements. All of this tends not so much to misrepresent the flamboyant ""authoress"" as to deny the dimension that makes her intriguing. The independent personality, unorthodox behavior, celebrated friends, and active career are here in sufficient force to introduce a woman of some contemporary interest; however, last year's George Sand by Ruth lorday--the tamest and most straightforward of the recent adult biographies-offers just a glimpse below this undisturbed surface.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Harper & Row