WOTW: Francoise Sagan

WE’LL BE WRITING ABOUT ONE WOMAN EVERY WEEK THAT WE FIND AWESOME. THEY WILL BE AWESOME FOR MANY DIFFERENT REASONS, THEY MIGHT BE, WRITERS, ACTRESSES, SCIENTISTS OR ACTIVISTS. THEY’LL BE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, THEY’LL BE INTERESTING, INSPIRING AND THEY’LL BE ABSOLUTELY KILLING IT IN WHATEVER THEY DO. WE HOPE YOU CAN CHANNEL THEIR AWESOMENESS TO AID AND INSPIRE YOU. 

Francoise Sagan

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Françoise Sagan, born Françoise Quoirez, was a revolutionary through and through. Born to an affluent family in a small town in the lot valley, the family also had an apartment in Paris and Francoise was exposed to the Bourgeosise from a young age. She was just 18yrs old when the shockwaves of her debut novel ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ rippled through Parisian society. Bonjour Tristesse chronicles the life of 17yr old Cecile and her adulterous father. It is peppered with sex, scandal, suicide and shock.

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The debut novel was  nothing short of outrageous. A raunchy tale written by an 18yr old girl in a heavily catholic country was enough of a shocker in it’s own right but when you combined that with the rebellious nature of it’s author, it had all the makings of magic. Sagan was an overnight sensation, thrust into the limelight and the celebrity world which came with it.

In an era where women could be refused a credit card, and the contraceptive pill was still on the periphery of society Francoise Sagan was a law unto herself. She was known for her love of cocaine, whisky and gambling, often driving her Aston Martin to Monaco to indulge in her beloved pastimes. She went on to have an illustrious career, writing over thirty novels and plays.

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High five to Françoise Sagan, they broke the mold when they made you.

 

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