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Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne was painted by Édouard Manet and inspired Émile Zola, who immortalized her in his scandalous novel Nana. Her rumored affairs with Napoleon III and the future King Edward VII kept gossip columns full.
But her glamorous existence hid a dark secret: She was no comtesse. She was born into abject poverty, raised on a squalid backstreet among the dregs of Parisian society. Yet she transformed herself into an enchantress who possessed a small fortune, three mansions, fabulous carriages, and art the envy of connoisseurs across Europe. A consummate show-woman, she ensured that her life - and even her death - remained shrouded in just enough mystery to keep her audience hungry for more.
Spectacularly evoking the sights and sounds of mid- to late 19th-century Paris in all its hedonistic glory, Catherine Hewitt's biography tells, for the first time ever in English, the forgotten story of a remarkable woman who, though her roots were lowly, never stopped aiming high.
©2017 Catherine Hewitt (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-05-18

Guaranteed Fabulous Dream Maker Listen

I listened to this every night before I went to bed. It made me dream of being there and watching these fabulously dressed women doing their thing. I want to be there and I want this life. it must have been marvelous.



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5 out of 5 stars
By Lillith on 06-21-17

Loved, listened to it three times.

A strong, fascinating, brilliant, cunning and beautiful lady. Yes, I said lady. Would love to be a guest at her "five o'clocks."

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