Books: Emancipated Woman

LÉLIA: THE LIFE OF GEORGE SAND (482 pp.)—André Maurois—Harper ($5).

If walls could speak, the manor house of Nohant in the French province of Berry would be a Niagara of sound. Chopin and Liszt set their music echoing through it; Flaubert and the younger Dumas produced puppet plays (music by Chopin) on its floor. Delacroix painted in Nohant's garden studio, and such famous guests as Balzac, Theophile Gautier and Alfred de Vigny argued and tittle-tattled in its drawing room. In the middle years of the 19th century, Nohant's halls, echoed to the thump of...

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