When Céleste Mogador's memoirs were first published in 1854 and again in 1858, they were immediately seized and condemned as immoral and unsuitable for public consumption. For a reader in our more forgiving times, this extraordinary document offers not only a portrait of the early life of an intelligent, courageous, and infinitely intriguing Frenchwoman but also an exceediWhen Céleste Mogador's memoirs were first published in 1854 and again in 1858, they were immediately seized and condemned as immoral and unsuitable for public consumption. For a reader in our more forgiving times, this extraordinary document offers not only a portrait of the early life of an intelligent, courageous, and infinitely intriguing Frenchwoman but also an exceedingly rare inside look at the world of the courtesans and prostitutes of nineteenth-century France. Writing to conciliate judges and creditors, Mogador (born Céleste Venard in 1824) explains how with tenacity, wit, and audacity, she managed to escape a difficult childhood and subsequent life of prostitution to become, successively, a darling of the dance halls, a circus rider, and an actress, all the while attracting wealthy young men who vied for her favor. Although her account gives readers a peek into the rakish demimonde made famous by Verdi's opera La Traviata, its greatest value lies in its candid picture of a spunky, self-educated woman who doggedly transformed herself into an esteemed and prolific novelist and playwright, who fell in love with a count and married him, and who made her name synonymous with the bohemian life of the 1840s and 1850s in Paris....
|Title||:||Memoirs of a Courtesan in Nineteenth-Century Paris|
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Memoirs of a Courtesan in Nineteenth-Century Paris Reviews
Celeste Mogador was a feisty, passionate woman who assesses herself unflinchingly. Her descriptions of life in the demi-mondaine of Paris in the 30s and 40s reveals, among other things, fascinating interactions among women generated by their struggle for power in a world where women have very little. Mogador is a name given to her by fans early in her career, but eventually she exchanged it for a title; the second half of the book covers the tumultuous relationship with the aristocrat who eventually (after the book ends) became her husband.
I had to read this book for a history course about nineteenth-century Europe. If you're looking for a glimpse into the life of a prostitute, then this book will definitely do. Mogador writes honestly and fully leaving no aspect, good or bad, of a courtesan's life hidden. Everything comes out in this book, and it will show you a side of prostitution that you very well might not have known existed. I probably wouldn't have read this book if not for my professor's assignment, but I'm glad that I came across it. I understand the other side of life a little better now.
must have lost something in the translation
This book was translated by my french and english professor so I gave it a shot. I found it fascinating.
What a fascinating account of an incredible life. I probably could have read it in one sitting if i'd had the luxury to do so.