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My Beloved Toto
Letters from Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo 1833-1882
My Beloved Toto
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Juliette Drouet - Author
Evelyn Blewer - Edited and annotated
Victoria Tietze Larson - Translated with an introduction, additional notes, and glossary
Jean Gaudon - Preface
SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation
Price: $60.00 
Hardcover - 262 pages
Release Date: October 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6571-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6571-4

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Price: $29.95 
Paperback - 262 pages
Release Date: June 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6572-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6572-1

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Electronic - 262 pages
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8271-1

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Selected letters from Juliette Drouet to her lover, Victor Hugo, offering insights into nineteenth-century French culture as well as an insider’s look at the character, behavior, working habits, and day-to-day life of France’s most monumental man of letters.

My Beloved Toto, a collection of letters written by Juliette Drouet to her lover, Victor Hugo, tells the story of a life and of the great love affair that shaped it. From 1833 until her death half a century later, Drouet wrote to Hugo twice daily on average, resulting in thousands of letters. The 186 translated here—most appearing in English for the first time—offer insights into nineteenth-century French culture as well as an insider’s look at the character, behavior, working habits, and day-to-day life of France’s most monumental man of letters.

“This polished, meticulously annotated translation … brings to life one of France’s most famous love affairs. It also dispels many myths about the relationship between ‘Juju’ and the ‘beloved little Toto’ she adored and followed into exile … Anglophones owe a debt of gratitude to Larson for this collection…” — CHOICE

“Juliette Drouet’s extraordinary story has been told many times—but never as vividly as she tells it herself in her letters. Here, at last, is a lucid, accurate modern English translation of a representative selection. The intelligence, wit, devotion, passions, and frustrations visible in them should do much to dispel the myths fostered by Drouet’s critics and biographers.” — E. H. and A. M. Blackmore, editors and translators of Selected Poems of Victor Hugo: A Bilingual Edition and The Essential Victor Hugo

“Written from the body and soul, Juliette Drouet’s love letters to Victor Hugo, spanning some fifty years but written in and for the moment, are engaging bits of écriture féminine. Filled with wordplay and allusion to contemporary events both personal and public, these texts present formidable translation problems expertly contextualized by the translator in her introduction, notes, and glossary.” — Kristine J. Anderson, Purdue University

Victoria Tietze Larson is Professor of Classics and General Humanities at Montclair State University and the translator of My Double Life: The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt, also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

Preface to the French Edition
Abbreviations
Introduction

Letters

1830s
Letters 1Ð40
Notes
1840s
Letters 41Ð77
Notes
1850s
Letters 78Ð130
Notes
1860s
Letters 131Ð166
Notes
1870s
Letters 167Ð182
Notes
1880s
Letters 183Ð186
Notes

Glossary
Note on the French Edition
List of Sources
Works Cited


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44433/44434(JP/JB/AV)

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