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Françoise Sagan


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Françoise Sagan (21 June 1935 – 24 September 2004) – real name Françoise Quoirez – was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Hailed as "a charming little monster" by François Mauriac on the front page of Le Figaro, Sagan was known for works with strong romantic themes involving wealthy and disillusioned bourgeois characters. Her best-known novel was her first – Bonjour Tristesse (1954) ... more »

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  • ''Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.''
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist. Dominique, in A Certain Smile, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1956).
  • ''It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality.''
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist, playwright. Interview, Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • ''After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again. He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent.''
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist, playwright. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, Ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • ''Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.''
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist, playwright. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is l...
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist, playwright. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
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