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Book Title: The Lady and the Little Fox Fur (Peter Owen Modern Classics)|
The author of the book: Violette Leduc
Edition: Peter Owen Publishers
Date of issue: January 8th 2014
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When the extraordinary memoir La Bâtarde was published in 1964, the literary world was impressed and scandalized by the book’s explicit account of lesbian love. And its author, Violette Leduc, became an instant celebrity, with 150,000 copies of the book sold in its first year. Her short novel The Lady and the Little Fox Fur first publihsed in 1967,deals with a different side of life, focusing on a lonely old woman whose fortune and dignity are gone. Driven to despair she discovers peace of mind by forming a strange and touching relationship with the everyday objects of the city. Written with the same passion and stunningly observed attention to detail as La Bâtarde, it is a perfectly formed minor masterpiece.
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Read information about the authorLeduc was born in Arras, Pas de Calais, France, the illegitimate daughter of a servant girl, Berthe. In Valenciennes, the young Violette spent most of her childhood suffering from an ugly self-image and from her mother's hostility and overprotectiveness.
Her formal education, begun in 1913, was interrupted by World War I. After the war, she went to a boarding school, the Collège de Douai, where she experienced lesbian affairs with a classmate and a music instructor who was fired over the incident.
In 1926, Leduc moved to Paris and enrolled in the Lycée Racine. That same year, she failed her baccalaureate exam and began working as a telephone operator and secretary at Plon publishers.
In 1932 she met Maurice Sachs and Simone de Beauvoir, who encouraged her to write. Her first novel L'Asphyxie (In the Prison of Her Skin) was published by Albert Camus for Éditions Gallimard and earned her praise from Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Cocteau and Jean Genet.
Leduc's best-known book, the memoir La Bâtarde, was published in 1964. It nearly won the Prix Goncourt and quickly became a bestseller. She went on to write eight more books, including La Folie en tête (Mad in Pursuit), the second part of her literary autobiography.