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


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A fantastically readable biography of a nineteenth-century Parisian courtesan who harbored an incredible secret

Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne was painted by Edouard Manet and inspired Emile Zola, who immortalized her in his scandalous novel Nana Read more...


 
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Overview

A fantastically readable biography of a nineteenth-century Parisian courtesan who harbored an incredible secret

Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne was painted by Edouard Manet and inspired Emile Zola, who immortalized her in his scandalous novel Nana. Her rumored affairs with Napoleon III and the future King Edward VII kept gossip columns full.

But her glamorous existence hid a dark secret: she was no comtesse. She was born into abject poverty, raised on a squalid backstreet among the dregs of Parisian society. 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.

Spectacularly evoking the sights and sounds of mid- to late nineteeth-century Paris in all its hedonistic glory, 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250120663
  • ISBN-10: 1250120667
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.24 pounds


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