Sophie Ristaud Cottin
|French literary history|
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.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Cottin, Marie". Encyclopædia Britannica. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Wood, James, ed. (1907). "Cottin, Sophie". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.