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Colette sinks its teeth into the celebrated author’s stormy marriage

Colette sinks its teeth into the celebrated author’s stormy marriage

Henry Gauthier-Villars, a notoriously decadent Parisian author, music critic and bon vivant was Colette’s Svengali, locking her in a room and forcing her to write. His greatest commercial successes were the first four of her novels, the Claudine series, based on reminiscences of her girlhood but touted as his own writing. Only after their divorce was the actual author able to reclaim them under her own name.