The Last Rendezvous

By Anne Plantagenet; Willard Wood (Translator)
(Other Press (NY), Paperback, 9781590512784, 289pp.)

Publication Date: March 16, 2010

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“Women are not supposed to write; yet I write.” –Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

In 1817, at the late age of thirty-three,Marceline Desbordes, the actress and Romantic poet–the only woman counted by Paul Verlaine among his poètes maudits, or “accursed poets,” a group that included Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, and Alfred de Vigny–marries Prosper Valmore, a fellow actor who brings love and stability to her tumultuous life. Such stability is short-lived, however:When she meets Henri de Latouche, an influential man of letters, they soon begin a passionate affair. Although their tryst does not last more than a year, their relationship survives through letters and memory. It sparks inspiration in Marceline’s work and leads her to create some of the most beautiful poetry in French literature. A talented poet, a romantic woman, a passionate lover, a nurturing mother, and a child at heart, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore is rescued from obscurity through Plantagenet’s dazzling writing in this fictionalized biography. The book will include a selection of Desbordes-Valmore’s poems in the original French and in an English translation by the Pulitzer Prize—winning poet Louis Simpson.




About the Author
Anne Plantagenet est l'auteur de plusieurs livres et de nombreuses traductions de l'espagnol. Elle vit a Paris.

Wood is the English translator of several French texts.
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