Sophie Ristaud Cottin

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Sophie Ristaud Cottin

Sophie Cottin (22 March 1770 - 25 August 1807) was a French writer whose novels were popular in the 19th century, and were translated into several different languages.


Born Marie Sophie Ristaud (sometimes spelt Risteau) in March 1770 at Tonneins, Lot-et-Garonne, she was not yet twenty when she married her first husband, Jean-Paul-Marie Cottin, a banker. She wrote several romantic and historical novels including Elizabeth; or, the Exiles of Siberia (Elisabeth ou les Exilés de Sibérie 1806), a "wildly romantic but irreproachably moral tale", according to Nuttall's Encyclopaedia. She also published Claire d'Albe (1799), Malvina (1801), Amélie de Mansfield (1803), Mathilde (1805), set in the crusades, and a prose-poem, La Prise de Jéricho. Her writing became more important to her after her first husband died when she was in her early twenties. She went to live with a cousin and her three children at Champlan (Seine-et-Oise) but died in her thirties, in Paris on 25 August 1807.[1]



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