George Sand

True Genius, True Woman


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2024.

ISBN: 9781914224201 Category:

Séverine Vidal


A scrupulously researched and tenderly revealing biography of one of the great pioneering figures of 19th-century French literature. Born in 1804 – at a time when women were deprived of their civil rights (along with minors, criminals, and the insane) – Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin grew up to defy those norms, both in her life and her writing. Adopting the gender-neutral pen-name George Sand, and in a career lasting over forty years as a novelist and playwright, she is best remembered today for the affairs and friendships she enjoyed with men: the composer Chopin; the painter Delacroix; the novelist Balzac. But this moving biographical portrait, written by Séverine Vidal and illustrated by Kim Consigny, restores her to the centre-stage she always commanded in her lifetime. Not just as the daring, scandalously cross-dressing, bisexual, cigarettesmoking divorcée novelist, but as the brilliant chronicler of her changing time – and therefore of ours.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17 x 24 cm
Publisher name Self Made Hero
Publication date 23 July 2024
Number of pages 344
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Illustrated by Kim Consigny
Dimensions 17 x 24 cm
Weight 300 g


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Séverine Vidal was born in 1969, lives in Gironde in the South of France, and has worked as a full-time writer for over ten years. A prizewinning author of children’s and young adult fiction, her debut online work, A Tale Off the Top of My Head, illustrated by Claire Fauchet (2012), was described as an “outstanding” work of “poetic writing.” Kim Consigny was born in 1991 in the south of France, and qualified as an architect there in 2015, but has increasingly devoted herself since to a full-time celebrated career in illustration, including a longstanding collaboration with Séverine Vidal.