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WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Female authors have been around longer than you think. But how did they get their work published? Easy... they used fake names.

George Sand is a man's name. However, the famous author George Sand was in fact a female author whose real name was Amandine Aurore Lucile. She was a French writer who used the pen name George Sand for many of her novels. A Romantic novelist, she lived from 1804-1876. She had a very conventional childhood but soon got bored with her life, and later led an eccentric lifestyle and had numerous love affairs. In 1831, she moved to Paris and joined a group of distinguished artists that included the famed French novelist Honoré de Balzac. Lucile was a very powerful writer whose works expressed a deep sympathy for human suffering and pain. Lucile’s novels were widely read in her time and were a strong influence on young writers. Her most famous books include Le Marquis de Villemer in 1861 and Histoire de ma vie in 1855. With a recent interest in feminism around the world, her works are being reexamined and praised once again. But they're still under her pseudonym, George Sand.

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