Feminist author, cross-dresser and unconfirmed bisexual Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin died today in 1876.
Dupin is better known by her pseudonym George Sand. Temperamental, fiery and opinionated she earned as much notoriety for her bohemian lifestyle as for her writing.
And most likely couldn’t have given a hoot what Baudelaire thought of her, after all she famously said that she didn’t need the help of men ‘to kill anyone for me, pick a bouquet of flowers, correct a proof, or go to the theatre. I’ll go there on my own, like a man, by my own choice; when I want flowers, I’ll walk by myself to the Alps.’
‘Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. There is only one happiness in life; to love and be loved.’