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The Mistress of Paris By Catherine Hewitt

The Mistress of Paris by Catherine Hewitt

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Summary

A fantastically readable biography of a 19th-century Parisian courtesan who harbours an incredible secret

The Mistress of Paris Summary

The Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret by Catherine Hewitt

Valtesse de la Bigne was a celebrated nineteenth-century Parisian courtesan. She was painted by Manet and inspired Emile Zola, who immortalised her in his scandalous novel Nana. Her rumoured affairs with Napoleon III and the future Edward VII kept gossip columns full. But her glamourous existence hid a dark secret: she was no Comtesse. She was born into abject poverty, raised on a squalid Paris backstreet; the lowest of the low. Yet she transformed herself into an enchantress who possessed a small fortune, three mansions, fabulous carriages, and art the envy of connoisseurs across Europe. A consummate show-woman, she ensured that her life - and even her death - remained shrouded in just enough mystery to keep her audience hungry for more. Catherine Hewitt's biography tells, for the first time ever in English, the forgotten story of a remarkable woman who, though her roots were lowly, never stopped aiming high.

The Mistress of Paris Reviews

'Through incisive enquiry and astute observation, Catherine Hewitt traces the courtesan's flight from squalor to splendour, her prose sparkling in the light of her luminous subject.' * The Biographer's Club prize *
'Innately fascinating' * All About History *
'An enthralling story, told with both conviction and sympathy' * The Observer *
'A handsome boudoir book' * Irish Examiner *
'[Hewitt] offers an intriguing insight into the precarious glamour of life as a 19th-century courtesan' * The Daily Telegraph *
'Full of detail and astute observation, the book is a remarkable tale'. * France Magazine *
'Plenty of scandal that will have you curled up with this book for hours'. * Living France Magazine *
'Riveting.' * The Bookseller *

About Catherine Hewitt

Catherine Hewitt studied French Literature and Art History at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her proposal for The Mistress of Paris was awarded the runner-up's prize in the 2012 Biographers' Club Tony Lothian Competition for the best proposal by an uncommissioned, first-time biographer. She lives in a village in Surrey.

Additional information

GOR007550618
9781785780448
1785780441
The Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret by Catherine Hewitt
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Icon Books Ltd
2016-04-07
384
N/A
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