The upcoming Paris Salon du Livre presents a remarkable exhibition in collaboration with its Guest of Honour in 2023, the Swiss Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature, to mark the 150th anniversary of this French icon's birth. Share This Article: Unknown photograph – Portrait of Colette  ©Alamy Stock Photo Colette (Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, 1873 – Paris, 1954), novelist, mime artist, actress, journalist, screenwriter, advertising star, and occasional seller of beauty products, defies conventional categorization. She is a French icon who emerged from a humble background, stumbled into the world of literature, and embraced constant change as a way of life. Her unwavering sense of freedom, innovative approach to writing, exploration of new themes, and portrayal of women as independent subjects, both in action and desire, all contributed to her success and served as inspiration for generations of readers, solidifying her status as a contemporary icon. But how does one become Colette? To explore this question, we must delve into the origins of a profession that once went unnamed, examine her family background, consider the social and personal obstacles she overcame, and acknowledge the triumphs she achieved as a pioneer over the span of half a century. Writing, ultimately, became her tool for emancipation—a means of exploring the realms of possibility, liberating herself from literary and sexual conventions, and inventing her own unique “alphabet.” Claudine à l'école Société d'éditions littéraires et artistiques, Librairie Paul Ollendorff, Paris, 1900 1ère édition avec dédicace 18,6 x 12 cm Collection Frédéric Maget ©DR Previous Image Next Image The Swiss Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature, the Guest of Honour at the 2023 Paris Salon du Livre, will present an extraordinary exhibition never before seen in France, titled “Colette: Writing, the Power to Write,” in commemoration of Colette's 150th birth anniversary. This exhibition will showcase nearly 250 rare and unseen documents, including first editions, photographs, letters, manuscripts, and objects. Taking visitors on an original journey, it reveals the manifold blossoming of a dedicated writer, who through the might of her pen, has become an emblematic figure. From the Claudine series to Le Fanal bleu, […]
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