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Elizabeth Harlan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104172

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104172.001.0001

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Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

(p.172) Chapter Seventeen Sons and Lovers
George Sand

Elizabeth Harlan

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on how George Sand made the acquaintance of Alfred de Musset at a dinner party in honor of Francois Buloz and a group of his authors. The second son of an aristocratic Parisian family, Alfred de Musset was a rising star in the Parisian literary galaxy at only twenty-three. His father had died the previous year, leaving Musset emotionally vulnerable despite his newly acquired title of viscount. In response to the flattering lines he wrote to Sand following their meeting, she sent Musset a copy of Indiana. Several days later, Musset wrote her an impassioned, praise-filled poem titled “After Reading Indiana”; soon he was sending notes pressing the illustrious author for further meetings.

Keywords:   Alfred de Musset, dinner party, Francois Buloz, aristocratic Parisian family, Parisian literary galaxy, viscount

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