This literary biography details the life of Judith Gautier (1845-1917). Gautier, daughter of celebrated author Théophile Gautier and opera star Ernesta Grisi, carved a special niche in the literary world. Gautier was not only the first woman elected to the prestigious Goncourt Academy, but she was also nominated as Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Additionally, her literary work was lauded by the French Academy, which generally did not accept women into their fold.
From an early age, Gautier's world was filled with intensity, purpose, and the joys of imagination. Flaubert, Baudelaire, the Goncourt brothers, Dumas, Maxime du Camp, and Puvis de Chavannes were frequent guests of her father's at her childhood home. It was the stimulating company her father kept, along with his unwavering support that inspired Gautier's career as a writer and musicologist.
After mastering the Mandarin language, Gautier wrote several groundbreaking works, including The Book of Jade, The Imperial Dragon, and Sister of the Sun. Much of her work is relevant today, such as the prophetic novel The Old Man on the Mountain, which chronicled an Islamic sect of fundamentalist terrorists.
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Bettina L. Knapp is Thomas Hunter Professor emerita at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Professor Knapp is a knight in the Order of Arts and Letters, an honor presented to her by the French Government. She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University.
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Book Description Hamilton Books, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110761830006