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George Sand (pseudonym of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant, née Dupin,1804 -1876), French writer, memoirist and journalist.

Sand was known primarily for her so-called rustic novels. One of the more popular writers in Europe in her lifetime, being more renowned than both Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac in England in the 1830s and 1840s,

The author is recognised as one of the most notable writers of the European Romantic era.

Brought up in Nohant, near La Châtre in Berry, the country home of her grandmother. There she gained the profound love and understanding of the countryside that were to inform most of her works.

In 1817 she was sent to a convent in Paris, where she acquired a mystical fervour that, though it soon abated, left its mark.

After an unhappy marriage and love affair she left Nohant for Paris, where she found a good friend in Henri de Latouche, the director of the newspaper Le Figaro, who accepted some of the articles she wrote with Jules Sandeau under the pseudonym Jules Sand.

In 1832 she adopted a new pseudonym, George Sand, for Indiana, a novel in which Sandeau had had no part; and, she was certainly a non conforming radical in terms of the accepted social norms of her time.

Indiana brought her immediate fame and is a passionate protest against the social conventions that bind a wife to her husband against her will and an apologia for a heroine who abandons an unhappy marriage and finds love.

In Valentine (1832) and Lélia (1833) the ideal of free association is extended to the wider sphere of social and class relationships. Valentine is the first of many Sand novels in which the hero is a peasant or a workman.

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