Mitsou and Music-Hall Sidelights. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Raymond Postgate, Anne-Marie Callimachi.

Mitsou and Music-Hall Sidelights

New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1958. Single volume, measuring 7.25 x 5 inches: [2], 260. Original black boards lettered in silver, original unclipped deep blue dust jacket patterned in white and black. Spine panel lightly sunned.

First appearance of these English translations of two of Colette’s most popular works: the novella Mitsou, first published in 1919, and the autobiographical Music-Hall Sidelights, first published in 1913. Set during the First World War, Mitsou follows the tentative romance between a music-hall singer and a soldier: “Supposing you get tired of me before you see me again, and supposing you go out a few weeks from now with another lieutenant, dressed in blue and in love with Mitsou, as all French lieutenants ought to be and would like to be, I think I deserve a letter about it.” Music-Hall Sidelights offers real-life sketches of Colette’s writing and performing life during the war. A bright, near-fine copy.

Price: $50.00