Colette had one heck of a time in turn-of-the-century Paris. She married young, divorced quickly, took up with many notable women of the day (including Natalie Barney and Josephine Baker), married again, started a hospital for injured soldiers, had an affair with her stepson, was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, divorced again, married again, hid her Jewish third husband in the attic during the Nazi occupation, and became president of the Académie Goncourt. In between all that scandal, she managed to write wildly popular novels about an aging courtesan and her young lover, Cheri.
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