Colette Peignot

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Colette Peignot (October 8, 1903 - November 7, 1938) was a French author who is most known by the pseudonym Laure, but also wrote under the name Claude Araxe.

She was profoundly affected by the deaths of her father, brothers and uncle during World War I. As a prominent member of Georges Bataille's secret society Acéphale, she had an intense affair with the author, whose Blue of Noon is based on events in their relationship. Indeed, she is known more as a biographical footnote; a volatile female personality amongst the inter war French avant-garde of literature and politics. Her works were published posthumously against the will of her brother, Charles Peignot, by her nephew, the poet Jérôme Peignot (who thought of Colette as a “diagonal mother”).

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