|George Sand Again
||[Oct. 26th, 2007|01:34 pm]
baritonejeff asks about portraits of George Sand. As far as I know Nadar's is the only photograph. But I went to Wikipedia Commons to see what they had and found this image of the younger George (who was famous for cross-dressing) looking absolutely stunning in a top hat.|
It makes me want to read her novels.
This reminds me -- have you ever seen the Merchant-Ivory film Impromptu? It's a lot of fun. A very young Hugh Grant plays Chopin, and Emma Thompson is a completely clueless hostess with artistic aspirations who invites a bunch of bohemians to her estate without quite knowing what she's getting into. Not a great film, but definitely an enjoyable one.
I've not even heard of it. Which is odd 'cos I try to keep abreast of these things.
And I love Emma Thompson.
I must try to track it down.
I absolutely loved it. Great fun.
Stunning, and apparently accurate when one compares it with the photograph.
She was obviously quite a gal.
Four months out of Music Conservatory, I adopted a (Toy Spitz) dog and named HER "George" after George Sand. I was really INTO Chopin, George Sand, etc. and had collected a number of biographical books during my last year of school. Because most of my friends were confused by the "little girl's" name (and remained totally clueless, even after my edifying attempts), I finally began calling her "Georgie" by default.
Have you read any of her work? I'm sort of curious to know what it's like.
Sorry, I haven't read any of her works. Instead, I read parts of: George Sand - A Biography by Curtis Cate (Copyright 1975) published by Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston). By "parts of" ... I concentrated on the chapters [Part 6] dedicated to "The Years with Chopin."
I suspect her novels are dated/unreadable.
If so, it's a pity. She's such an interesting figure.
A dear, now departed, friend of mine had a truly nasty little Pomerian named "Gesualdo", after the renaissance composer. When he would tell people Gesualdo's name, they thought he said "Just Waldo." They would then promptly say "Hi Waldo!"