The Girl Who Loved Camellias: The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis

Julie Kavanagh


This riveting biography brilliantly explores the fast, excessive, and passionate lifetime of the rustic lady from Normandy, who at 13 fled her brute of a father to visit Paris. virtually in a single day she grew to become probably the most well known courtesans of the 1840s—the concept for Alexandre Dumas filsThe woman of the Camellias and Verdi’s La Traviata. along with her aristocratic methods, dependent outfits and signature camellias, Marie used to be regularly an issue of fascination on the opera and the street cafés. Her demise at twenty-three from tuberculosis created such an outpouring of sympathy within the press that Charles Dickens, who was once in Paris on the time, used to be surprised. “Everything is erased within the face of an incident that is way more important,” he wrote, “the romantic loss of life of 1 of the glories of the demi-monde, the gorgeous, the recognized Marie Duplessis.”

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