“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”
George Sand was born Amandine Aaurore Lucile Dedvant in Paris, France in 1804. Today is the 208th anniversary of her Birth.
She grew up in the French countryside, a setting often used in her novels. After an unsatisfying early marraige Dedvant moved to Paris where she wrote articles and developed her writing. She reveled in Parisian life and fell in love with another writer Jule Sandeau. They wrote collectively under the byline of “J. Sand.” In 1832, when her first novel, Indiana, was accepted for publication she chose the pseudonym “George Sand.”
Sand wrote at night, every night, from midnight to sunrise. Her novels, which are romanic idealism in nature, include Indiana, Valentine, Lelia, Le Compagnon du tour de France, La Mare au diable, Consuelo, La Petite Fadette, and Le Peche de Monsieur Antoine.
She wore men’s clothing in public, had affairs (most notably with Polish pianist and composer Frederic Chopin), smoked tobacco, and was considered a loose woman by some people in society. Yet she was admired for her spirit and frankness by countless others.