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The mistress of Paris : the 19th-century courtesan who built an empire on a secret / Catherine Hewitt.

The mistress of Paris : the 19th-century courtesan who built an empire on a secret / Catherine Hewitt.
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C0001792082 944.092 LAB
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ISBN 9781785780035
Call Number 944.092 LAB
Author Hewitt, Catherine
Title The mistress of Paris : the 19th-century courtesan who built an empire on a secret / Catherine Hewitt.
Portion of title 19th century courtesan who built an empire on a secret.
Published London : Icon Books, 2015.
London Icon Books, 2015.
Physical description 358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), map, portraits (some colour) ; 24 cm.
Content type text
still image
cartographic image
Media type unmediated
Carrier type volume
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.A Child of the Revolution -- 2.The Child Becomes a Woman -- 3.First Love, First Appearances -- 4.Creation -- 5.A Courtesan Must Never Cry -- 6.The Lioness, Her Prey and the Cost -- 7.Names and Places -- 8.The Union of Artists -- 9.Words and Wit -- 10.Valtesse and Zola's Nana -- 11.A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words -- 12.A Political Affair: Gambetta, Annam and Tonkin -- 13.The Thickness of Blood -- 14.Slander, Scandal and Sun Queens -- 15.The Thrill of the New: the Comtesse in Monte Carlo -- 16.The Feminine Touch -- 17.New Beginnings: The Sale of the House -- 18.The Final Act: Preparing a Legacy.
Summary 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.
Personal Subject Bigne, Valtesse de La, -- 1848-1910
Subject Courtesans -- France -- Paris -- Biography
Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
France -- Moral conditions -- History -- 19th century
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