The Pure and the Impure by ColetteThe Pure and the Impure by Colette

The Pure and the Impure

byColetteIntroduction byJudith ThurmanTranslated byHerma Briffault

Paperback | September 30, 2000

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Colette herself considered The Pure and the Impure her best book, "the nearest I shall ever come to writing an autobiography." This guided tour of the erotic netherworld with which Colette was so intimately acquainted begins in the darkness and languor of a fashionable opium den. It continues as a series of unforgettable encounters with men and, especially, women whose lives have been improbably and yet permanently transfigured by the strange power of desire. Lucid and lyrical, The Pure and the Impure stands out as one of modern literature's subtlest reckonings not only with the varieties of sexual experience, but with the always unlikely nature of love.
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette [1873-1954], was born in the village of Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, where she led an idyllic childhood. At the age of twenty, she married Henri Gauthier-Villars, known as Willy, a Parisian man of letters under whose name she published the Claudine novels. Separated from Willy in 1905, Colette supported hersel...
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Title:The Pure and the ImpureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 30, 2000Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:094032248x

ISBN - 13:9780940322486

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