George Sand: The Woman in Pants
Ever heard of Frederick Chopin? Maybe you have, and maybe you haven't. But have you ever heard of George Sand? Probably not. Well, you're about to find out!
Baroness Amandine Lucile Aurora Dupin Dudevent, later known as George Sand, was a French novelist and memorist. Born in 1804 to a "father of aristocratic lineage" and a normal mother, George Sand was mostly raised by her grandmother. She lived on a family estate, Nonhant, in the French region of Berry. This place later became a setting in many of her novels.
In 1822, George Sand married Baron Casimir Dudevant, and they had two children, Maurice and Solange. In 1823, Sand took her two children and left her husband.
After Sand left her husband, she became to dress as a man more freely. Dressing as a man allowed her to navigate through Paris more freely and gave her access into venues which otherwise would have been closed for her as a woman.
Her first novel was Rose et Blanche. She wrote it along with Jules Sandeau, after whom she took her pseudonym Sand.
She then met Frederic Chopin in 1831 and they became romantically attached. She left him shortly before he died of consumption.
Her most popular novels include Indiana, Lelia, Mauprat, Le Compahnon du Tour de France, Consuelo, and Le Meunier d'Angibault. George Sand also authored political texts and literary criticism. She died at Nohant on June 8, 1876 at the age of 72 and was buried in the grounds of her home at Nohant.