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On high heels up Vesuvius

Anita Brookner, 21 July 1994

Rage and Fire: A Life of Louise Colet – Pioneer Feminist, Literary Star, Flaubert’s Muse 
by Francine duPlessix Gray.
Hamish Hamilton, 432 pp., £20, July 1994, 0 241 13256 8
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... entirely wilful and implicit with the grandiosity of the child laying claim to his domain. Francine duPlessix Gray, in this wildly partisan and thoroughly enjoyable biography of Colet, whom she attempts to reinstate as a female icon and ‘yet another woman whose memory has been erased by the caprices of ...

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Elisa Segrave: On the Pier at Key West, 18 April 1996

... rather Chinese despite her blonde hair. While Irving drives her home, Arthur and Judith talk about Francine duPlessix Gray, whom they met last night. She is writing a ‘domestic biography’ of the Marquis de Sade. Apparently she did not seem interested in ‘post-sexual women’, a subject about which she wrote ...

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