George Sand And Her Tragic Story

By Maria Kruk  

George Sand is one of the top original female authors of the 19th century. Tragic story of her life and several love affairs cannot but confirm that her biography is worth considering as much as novels by her. Lucile Aurore Dupin, real name of the writer, faced all the life troubles since early years. Regardless noble roots and decent family, Aurore grew in the atmosphere of constant family fights, initiated mainly by her brownstone grandmother and commoner mother. Her father did not live long enough to provide her protection from this contraction of rich and poor. Eventually, her mother left Aurore, in order she could receive family when time comes.

At the age of 18 Aurore married for the first time. Her husband was Baron Casimir Dudevant, with whom she brought up two children. However, it was unhappy marriage, which took more than ten years before the family collapsed. And that is when George Sand’s romantic adventures started. In very deed, she was has been known as George Sand already, after publishing her first novel Indiana in 1832. The success was guaranteed and captured a large audience of her devoted fans.

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It did not take long before she married for the second time. Aurore’s choice was Alfred de Musset. Three-years of matrimony failed during trip around Italy, where Aurore got acquainted with true and changeable temper of her husband. A new scandal stroke the public, when she found a lover. De Musset experienced the heart-breaking effect of the love story long after their divorce, which is recorded in 1835.

However, these two were far from the most of romance in George Sand’s life. In 1838 George Sand and Frederic Chopin, a famous composer at the time, announce about their relationship and, essentially, shocked the publicity. A new couple and Sand’s children decided to spend the winter on Mallorca, but because of the rainy season Chopin suffered from severe coughing. Sand and Chopin returned to France. Sand quickly realized that Chopin is dangerously ill, and put all her efforts to take care of his health. On the contrary, Chopin did not enjoy comfort of being loved and cared because of self-absorbed character and devastating sickness. Fearing for his condition, Sand narrowed down their relationship only to friendship. Probably, it was one of the last love affairs the writer had, which, by the way, according to literary notes is described in the novel Lucrecia Floriani.

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