Growing up in a small town in Burgundy, French author Colette never imagined she would one day become the toast of Paris. As prolific a writer as she was passionate and scandalous (for the times) in life, Colette and her nonconformist heroines flouted social conventions, which explains why she is still so popular more than a century later. Learn more about her fascinating life in this article from our Portraits français series.
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Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.