Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

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Desbordes-Valmore, Marceline


(pseudonym of Marceline Félicité Josephine Desbordes). Born June 20, 1786, in Douai; died July 23, 1859, in Paris. French poet.

As a young woman, Desbordes-Valmore was a comedy actress and singer. The books Maria, Elegies and Romances (1819), Elegies and New Poems (1825), Tears (1833), Poor Flowers (1839), and Bouquets and Prayers (1843) won her fame as an outstanding 19th-century romantic poet. The principal motifs of her poetry are the instability of the world, the pain of unrequited love, and the search for peace through the evangelical precepts of goodness and charity.

The naive simplicity and artlessness of images, the melancholy autumnal landscapes, and the melodiousness of Desbordes-Valmore’s poetry attracted the attention of French composers to her lyric works. She also wrote novels on problems of art, love, and family happiness, including An Artist’s Studio (1833). Her fairy tales and stories for children were compiled in The Book of Mothers and Children (1840) and the anthology Young Heads and Young Hearts (1855).


Poésies complètes, vols. 1–2. Paris, 1931–1932.
In Russian translation:
[Poems translated by M. Lozinskii]. In Frantsuzskie stikhi v perevode russkikh poetov. Moscow, 1969.


Aragon, L. “Masterskaia khudozhnika: M. Debord-Val’mor—romanistka.” Sobr. soch., vol. 10. Moscow, 1961.
Zweig, S. “M. Debord-Val’mor.” Sobr. soch., vol. 6. Moscow, 1963.
Sainte-Beuve, C. A. Madame Desbordes-Valmore, sa vie, sa correspondence. Paris, 1870.
Moulin, J. M. Desbordes-Valmore. Paris, 1959.


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The problem with Marceline Desbordes-Valmore," Johnson explains, "is not that the misogynists excluded her, but that they applauded her.
Pourtant, hormis Marceline Desbordes-Valmore et Renee Vivien, de quelles femmes poetes se souvient-on generalement pour cette periode?
A revised edition, published in 1888, added material on Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, and Verlaine himself.
regne sur "une communaute d'elite" (titre de la premiere section du livre) est examine par des incursions culturelles pertinentes dans le domaine de la sociabilite, de la biographie reelle et imaginaire, de son amitie avec Mine de Stael et avec Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.
Inspired by her lover Henri de Latouche, a prominent man of letters in early nineteenth-century France, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, a gifted poet and actress, experiences the joy and pain of romantic passion.
Maternal Echoes: The Poetry of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore and Alphonse de Lamartine.