Recently made into a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg—the classic French novel of infidelity
Inspired by its author’s scandalous real-life affair with the trouser-wearing feminist novelist George Sand, The Confession of a Child of the Century is a searingly honest, passionate account of a young man’s rite of passage. Capturing the failed idealism of the Romantic era, it is published here in the first new English translation in over a century.
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About the Author
Alfred de Musset (1810–1857) was a poet, novelist, and dramatist and, from 1833 to 1835, the lover of the novelist George Sand.
David Coward is a professor emeritus of French at the University of Leeds. Winner of the Scott-Moncrieff Translation Prize, he has also translated Molière for Penguin Classics.