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Françoise Sagan
Françoise Sagan
(French: [sagɑ̃]; 21 June 1935 – 24 September 2004) – real name Françoise Quoirez – was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Hailed as "a charming little monster" by François Mauriac
François Mauriac
on the front page of Le Figaro,[1] Sagan was known for works with strong romantic themes involving wealthy and disillusioned bourgeois characters. Her best-known novel was her first – Bonjour Tristesse
Bonjour Tristesse
(1954) – which was written when she was a teenager.


1 Biography

1.1 Personal life 1.2 Death

2 Film 3 Quotes 4 Works

4.1 Novels 4.2 Short story collections 4.3 Plays 4.4 Autobiographical works 4.5 Biographical works

5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Sagan was born in Cajarc
(Lot) and spent her early childhood in Lot, surrounded by animals, a passion that stayed with her throughout her life. Nicknamed 'Kiki', she was the youngest child of bourgeois parents – her father a company director, and her mother the daughter of landowners. Her family spent World War II
World War II
(1939–45) in the Dauphiné, then in the Vercors.[2] Her paternal great-grandmother was Russian from Saint Petersburg.[3][4] The family had a home in the prosperous 17th arrondissement
17th arrondissement
of Paris, to which they returned after the war.[5] Sagan was expelled from her first school, a convent, for "lack of deep spirituality". She was expelled from the Louise-de-Bettignies
School because she had "hanged a bust of Molière with a piece of string".[6] She obtained her baccalauréat on the second attempt, at the cours Hattemer, and was admitted to the Sorbonne
in the fall of 1952.[5] She was an indifferent student, and did not graduate. The pseudonym "Sagan" was taken from a character ("Princesse de Sagan") in Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time). Sagan's first novel, Bonjour Tristesse
Bonjour Tristesse
(Hello Sadness), was published in 1954, when she was 18 years old. It was an immediate international success. The novel concerns the life of a pleasure-driven 17-year-old named Cécile and her relationship with her boyfriend and her adulterous, playboy father. Sagan's characters, which became something of an icon for disillusioned teenagers, are in some ways similar to those of J. D. Salinger. During a literary career lasting until 1998, Sagan produced dozens of works, many of which have been filmed. She maintained the austere style of the French psychological novel even while the nouveau roman was in vogue. The conversations between her characters are often considered to contain existential undertones. In addition to novels, plays, and an autobiography, she wrote song lyrics and screenplays. In the 1960s, Sagan became more devoted to writing plays, which, though lauded for excellent dialogue, were only moderately successful. Afterward, she concentrated on her career as a novelist. Personal life[edit] Sagan was married twice. On 13 March 1958, she married her first husband, Guy Schoeller, an editor with Hachette, who was 20 years older than Sagan. The couple divorced in June, 1960. In 1962, she married Bob Westhof, a young American playboy and would-be ceramicist. The couple divorced in 1963; their son Denis Westhoff (fr) was born in June 1962.[7] She then had a long-term relationship with fashion stylist Peggy Roche. She also had a male lover, Bernard Frank, a married essayist obsessed with reading and eating. She added to her self-styled "family" by beginning a long-term affair with the French Playboy
editor Annick Geille, after Geille approached Sagan for an article for her magazine.[8] Fond of traveling in the United States, she was often seen with Truman Capote and Ava Gardner. On 14 April 1957, while driving her Aston Martin sports car, she was involved in an accident that left her in a coma for some time. She also loved driving her Jaguar automobile to Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
for gambling sessions. In the 1990s, Sagan was charged with and convicted of possession of cocaine. At various times of her life, Sagan was addicted to a number of drugs. She was a long-term user of prescription pills, amphetamines, cocaine, morphine, and alcohol. When the police came for an inspection of her house, her dog Banko showed cocaine to them, and also licked the cocaine. Sagan told the police, "Look! He likes it too."[this quote needs a citation] In 2010, her son Denis established the Prix Françoise Sagan. Death[edit] Her health was reported to be poor in the 2000s. In 2002, she was unable to appear at a trial that convicted her of tax fraud in a case involving the former French President François Mitterrand, and she received a suspended sentence. Françoise Sagan
Françoise Sagan
died of a pulmonary embolism in Honfleur, Calvados, on 24 September 2004 at the age of 69.[9] At her own request she was buried at her beloved birthplace, Cajarc. In his memorial statement, the French President Jacques Chirac
Jacques Chirac
said: "With her death, France loses one of its most brilliant and sensitive writers – an eminent figure of our literary life." She wrote her own obituary for the Dictionary of Authors compiled by Jérôme Garcin: "Appeared in 1954 with a slender novel, Bonjour tristesse, which created a scandal worldwide. Her death, after a life and a body of work that were equally pleasant and botched, was a scandal only for herself."[10] Film[edit] Sagan's life was dramatized in a biographical film, Sagan, directed by Diane Kurys, released in France on 11 June 2008. The French actress Sylvie Testud
Sylvie Testud
played the title role. Quotes[edit]

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"To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter." When asked if she believed in love: "Are you joking? I believe in passion. Nothing else. Two years, no more. All right, then: three." "A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you." "I have loved to the point of madness, that which is called madness, that which to me is the only sensible way to love." "La vitesse n’est ni un signe, ni une preuve, ni une provocation, ni un défi, mais un élan de bonheur." ("Speed is no sign, no proof, no provocation, no challenge, but rather a surge of happiness"; quote from her book Avec mon meilleur souvenir)

Works[edit] Novels[edit]

Bonjour tristesse
Bonjour tristesse
(1954, (Hello Sadness), translated 1955) Un certain sourire (1955, A Certain Smile, translated 1956) Dans un mois, dans un an (1957, Those Without Shadows, translated by Frances Frenaye, 1957) Aimez-vous Brahms?
Aimez-vous Brahms?
(1959, translated 1960) Les merveilleux nuages (1961, Wonderful Clouds, translated 1961) La chamade
La chamade
(1965, translated 1966 as La Chamade; newly translated 2009 as That Mad Ache) Le garde du cœur (1968, The Heart-Keeper, translated 1968) Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide (1969, Sunlight on Cold Water, translated 1971) Des bleus à l'âme (1972, Scars on the Soul, translated 1974) Un profil perdu (1974, Lost Profile, translated 1976) Le lit défait (1977, The Unmade Bed, translated 1978) Le chien couchant (1980, Salad Days, translated 1984) La femme fardée (1981, The Painted Lady, translated 1983) Un orage immobile (1983, The Still Storm, translated 1984) De guerre lasse (1985, Engagements of the Heart, translated 1987) Un sang d'aquarelle (1987, Painting in Blood, translated 1991) La laisse (1989, The Leash, translated 1991) Les faux-fuyants (1991, Evasion, translated 1993) Un chagrin de passage (1994, A Fleeting Sorrow, translated 1995) Le miroir égaré (1996)

Short story collections[edit]

Les yeux de soie (1975, Silken Eyes, translated 1977) Musiques de scène (1981, Incidental Music, translated 1983) La maison de Raquel Vega (1985)


Château en Suède (Château in Sweden) (1960) Les violons parfois (1961) La robe mauve de Valentine (1963) Bonheur, impair et passe (1964) L'écharde (1966) Le cheval évanoui (1966) Un piano dans l'herbe (1970) Il fait beau jour et nuit (1978) L'excès contraire (1987)

Autobiographical works[edit]

Toxique (1964, journal, translated 1965) Réponses (1975, Night Bird: Conversations with Françoise Sagan, translated 1980) Avec mon meilleur souvenir (1984, With Fondest Regards, translated 1985) Au marbre: chroniques retrovées 1952–1962 (1988, chronicles) Répliques (1992, interviews) ...Et toute ma sympathie (1993, a sequel to Avec mon meilleur souvenir) Derrière l'épaule (1998, autobiography)

Published posthumously by L'Herne:

Bonjour New-York (2007) Un certain regard (2008, compilation of material from Réponses and Répliques) Maisons louées (2008) Le régal des chacals (2008) Au cinéma (2008) De très bons livres (2008) La petite robe noire (2008) Lettre de Suisse (2008)

Biographical works[edit]

Brigitte Bardot (1975) Sarah Bernhardt, ou le rire incassable (1987, Dear Sarah Bernhardt, translated 1988)


^ Jacob, Didier, "Farewell Sagan!" Archived 17 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Paris Match 2889 29 Sep 2004 ^ SAGAN Francoise ^ FRANSUAZA SAGAN ^ a b Gaffney, John; Holmes, Diana (2007). Stardom in Postwar France. Berghahn Books. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-84545-020-5. Retrieved 2015-07-01.  ^ Berest, Anne (2015-06-15). Sagan, Paris 1954. Gallic Books, Limited. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-910477-15-1.  ^ Paris Match 2889 29 Sep 2004 ^ Campbell, Matthew, "Lesbian love triangle stirs Paris literati", The Sunday Times, 26 December 2007 ^ "French literary icon Sagan dies", BBC, 25 September 2004 ^ http://www.editions-stock.fr/sites/default/files/webmaster/sagan_je_ne_renie_rien.pdf

External links[edit]

Jean-Louis de Rambures, interview with F. Sagan (in French) in: "Comment travaillent les écrivains", Paris 1978 Litweb.net Blair Fuller & Robert B. Silvers (Autumn 1956). "Francoise Sagan, The Art of Fiction No. 15". The Paris Review.  French press bids farewell; BBC

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André Maurois
(1951) Maurice Genevoix
Maurice Genevoix
(1952) Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
(1953) Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
(1954) Marcel Pagnol
Marcel Pagnol
(1955) Maurice Lehmann
Maurice Lehmann
(1956) André Maurois
André Maurois
(1957) Marcel Achard (1958) Marcel Achard (1959) Georges Simenon
Georges Simenon
(1960) Jean Giono (1961) Tetsurō Furukaki (1962) Armand Salacrou (1963) Fritz Lang
Fritz Lang
(1964) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1965) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1966) Alessandro Blasetti (1967) André Chamson
André Chamson
(1968) Luchino Visconti
Luchino Visconti
(1969) Miguel Ángel Asturias
Miguel Ángel Asturias
(1970) Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1971) Joseph Losey
Joseph Losey
(1972) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1973) René Clair
René Clair
(1974) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau


Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
(1976) Roberto Rossellini
Roberto Rossellini
(1977) Alan J. Pakula
Alan J. Pakula
(1978) Françoise Sagan
Françoise Sagan
(1979) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1980) Jacques Deray (1981) Giorgio Strehler (1982) William Styron
William Styron
(1983) Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
(1984) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1985) Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack
(1986) Yves Montand
Yves Montand
(1987) Ettore Scola
Ettore Scola
(1988) Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
(1989) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(1990) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(1991) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1992) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1993) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1994) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1995) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1996) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(1997) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1998) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1999) Luc Besson
Luc Besson


Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(2001) David Lynch
David Lynch
(2002) Patrice Chéreau
Patrice Chéreau
(2003) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2004) Emir Kusturica
Emir Kusturica
(2005) Wong Kar-wai
Wong Kar-wai
(2006) Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2009) Tim Burton
Tim Burton
(2010) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2011) Nanni Moretti
Nanni Moretti
(2012) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2013) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(2014) Joel and Ethan Coen (2015) George Miller (2016) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2017) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

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