The Provocative Colette

Rodolphe (writer) Annie Goetzinger (art)

Now a movie starring Keira Knightley! 

Many biographies describe this uncommon woman and author. It is her years of formation which are focused on here, from her marriage at the age of 20, until her divorce.

"One dies only from the first man," she wrote in 1909. But this death was a new beginning, and the one that signed "Colette" from 1910 on gradually opened her eyes to her condition of a woman who was an exploited writer and a betrayed wife, and who will emancipate herself by writing, and with what talent! Incredibly complex, powerfully determined, truly gifted, Colette challenged herself to reinvent her life and assert herself as a free woman.

In her day, her behavior scandalized and vexed the establishment. But in the end, she helped to free women in their thinking and became member and then president of France's prestigious Académie Goncourt, among many other honors as one of France's preeminent authors. For mature readers.


"One of 3 best biography comics of 2018. A glorious, lovingly rendered, well-deserved celebration of one of the past century's most outstanding literary figures."
-Print Magazine

"A provocative book about a wonderfully scandalous, but still very admirable and captivating woman. 8/10."
Sequential Tart

"A mature conclusion to Annie Goetzinger's career. It seemed to be exactly the kind of book she wanted to draw and is about exactly the type of woman she wanted to be able to talk about." 
- (Comics Journal)

"Goetzinger's shines in precise, realistic, sensually drawn figures and a lush palette, fitting her Belle Epoque setting."

"Goetzinger leaves behind a truly elegant, feminist oeuvre."
France Amerique

"Beguiling. Here as in 2013's feather-light Girl in Dior, Goetzinger draws lovely things and lovely people with elegant facility. She utterly rejects the ironic distortions and self-conscious artificiality that characterize many contemporary comics. Goetzinger's sentimentality would probably win her subject's approval."
-Etelka Lehoczky, NPR

"This thrilling and tender look at storytelling and romance at the turn of the century proves a fitting finale to a distinguished cartoonist's career." 
-Publishers Weekly

7 ¾ x 10 ¼", 128pp.., full color quarter-bound hardcover, $24.99
ISBN 9781681121703

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