The French romantic novelist George Sand is the best-known woman writer of 19th-century France. An independent, almost scandalous figure, Sand pushed the limits of then-current French notions of "femininity." She rebelled against a marriage she considered oppressive, leaving her husband for a young writer, Jules Sandeau, and engaging in many extramarital affairs. In 1848 she took an active role in the political upheavals, and radical feminists tried to get her into the Assembly National.
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Published in 1832, George Sand's first novel written without the collaboration of Sandeau is the wildly romantic tale of Indiana Delmare, a beautiful Creole girl unhappily wed to a brutal older man. In her rebellion against her fate, she unwisely pursues and falls in love with a fashionable rake who has already seduced Indiana's own maid. The novel argues, however, that this perilous venture toward true womanhood, mistakes and all, must be risked if a woman can ever hope to be an equal partner in love with her husband.