A scandalous bestseller of mid-nineteenth-century France, translated here for the first time into English.
First published in 1846 under the pen name Daniel Stern, Nelida tells the story of a beautiful French heiress who surrenders everythingmarriage, reputation, and an aristocratic way of lifefor the love of a talented young middle class painter. Based on the authors own ten-year relationship with the pianist and composer Franz Liszt, the novel quickly became the scandalous bestseller of its day. Its author, Marie dAgoult, has emerged as one of the most remarkable women of her time. An aristocratic Parisian woman who left her husband and child to become the companion of Liszt, dAgoult became an accomplished woman of letters whose works included a major history of the 1848 revolution in Paris. In Nelida, her only major novel, she brings to life the deeply intimate parts of her own story and the era in which it took place. Written with a keen sensitivity to social mores and psychological nuances, the novel reveals the primal cry of a woman determined to control her own destiny without betraying her womanhood. Appearing here for the first time in English, Lynn Hoggards translation of Nelida is ripe for rereading by todays readers.