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Devils v. Dummies

Tim Parks: George Sand, 23 May 2019

La Petite Fadette 
by George Sand, translated by Gretchen van Slyke.
Pennsylvania State, 192 pp., £14.95, November 2017, 978 0 271 07937 0
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George Sand 
by Martine Reid, translated by Gretchen van Slyke.
Pennsylvania State, 280 pp., £21.95, May 2019, 978 0 271 08106 9
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... and attempted suicides would be long. In her new biography of George Sand the French critic Martine Reid observes that the causes of depression were not well known in the early 19th century. But when Sand wrote La Petite Fadette (she was then in her early forties), she seemed perfectly clear about the causes of Landry’s desperation. He is ...

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