À Morte. by RACHILDE.

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~ À Morte. Paris: [Corbeil for] Monnier, 1886.

8vo (195 × 120 mm), pp. [8], xxiii, [1], 241, 1], plus pp. [46] publisher’s ads at rear. Lightly browned. Original pictorial wrappers with a design by Eugène Grasset. Slightly rubbed and darkened with fore-edge just a little creased, small tear at head of upper joint, but actually a very good copy of a fragile book.

First edition. À Morte was dedicated to Maurice Barrès. Rachilde was a key figure in the circle of symbolist and decadent writers associated with the Édition du Mercure de France. Her relationships with both men and women, and her preference for male dress caused frequent speculation as to her sexuality. Her writing, though sometimes disparaged in the last century is now studied in great detail for its frank (and still surprising) explorations of gender and sexuality.

Keywords: french, literature, women
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