|Plot Summary of Grandes Horizontales|
|"This is a book about the lives and legends of four courtesans who flourished during the 19th century in Paris. One was Marie Duplessis, La Paiva, Apollonie Sabatier and Cora Pearl. Marie became the prototype of the 'prostitute with a golden heart' and portrayed in the play, La Dame Aux Camélia. La Paiva, who was of Russian/Jewish origins, graduated from being a common prostitute to being one of the most wealthy and ostentatious courtesans of the age; Apollonie was surrounded by a circle of literary and artistic admirers and became the muse of the poet Charles Baudelaire; and Cora, 'the English Beauty of the French Empire' had affairs with, among (many) others, two relatives of the Emperor Napoleon III.
These women were all representatives of the 'demi-monde', that is, of that half-world midway between respectable high society and the low life of the common prostitute. 'Demi-monde' is a term suggestive of twilight, of a world of shifting appearances and shadow, where nothing is quite what it seems, a world between worlds. "
Virginia Rounding, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Grandes Horizontales|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
- Smarter than most other people
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- main character services as prostitute
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
- More in color 6-10
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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