George Sand

Author JL Huffman
3 min readMar 18, 2024
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George Sand was the pen name for Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin de Francueil, a French novelist, memoirist, journalist, and playwright. She adopted her pseudonym in 1831 at the age of 27 to increase her ability to be published in a male world.

Autobiography of George Sand

In her lifetime, she was one of the most notable writers in Europe during the Romantic Era, more so than Honore de Balzac or Victor Hugo. A prolific author, she wrote over 70 novels and more than 50 other works in various genres. Sand also wrote an autobiography.

George Sand — a Rebel

George was a rebel in many respects. In addition to her gender-ambiguous name, she wore male clothing in public despite laws which required women to obtain a permit to wear men’s attire, a rule which she ignored. She also blatantly smoked tobacco in public.

George Sand and Frederic Chopin

Sand was married once and had two children. Then, she went on to have a bevy of romantic affairs with notable men of her day, several writers, the composer Chopin, and one woman, actress Marie Dorval.

George Sand on Politics

She was politically active, a consultant and advisor to the leaders of the times. “Party politics is now a real farce” ~ George Sand.

Victor Hugo Eulogy of George Sand

George Sand influenced literature in France, across Europe, and Russia and was well-regarded by prominent cultural and literary elites. She was eulogized by Victor Hugo at her funeral.

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Author JL Huffman

I’m a retired Trauma surgeon/ICU doctor, a world traveler and gardener. I’ve published in the surgical literature; now I’m writing poetry, memoir & fiction.