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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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Coming to Writing

Coming to Writing

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(p.258) Chapter Twenty-Three Coming to Writing
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George Sand
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Elizabeth Harlan

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300104172.003.0024

This chapter illustrates how, even though George Sand's childhood was dominated by a cruel and divisive contest between her mother and grandmother, she nostalgically recounts in her autobiography that life's “beginnings are so sweet and childhood such a happy time.” This showed that, as a child, Sand's dilemma was her inability to reconcile these differences so as to make harmony out of dissonance. Although Sand casts her inclination toward idealization against the political backdrop of the “terrors of the century,” what she describes as her need to combat the “emptiness and horror of human existence” could be said just as well about her personal and creative life.

Keywords:   autobiography, George Sand's childhood, harmony, dissonance, idealization, terrors of the century, creative life

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