Sophie Ristaud Cottin

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Sophie Ristaud Cottin
by Pierre-François Bertonnier (1791–1858)

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.


Marie Sophie Ristaud (sometimes spelt Risteau) was born in March 1770 at Tonneins. 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 at the age of 37 in Paris on 25 August 1807.[1]

List of works[edit]

  • Claire d'Albe (1799)
  • Malvina (1800)
  • Amélie Mansfield (1802)
    • English translation : Amelia Mansfield : a novel (1809)[2]
  • Mathilde (1805)
  • Élisabeth ou Les exilés de Sibérie (1806)


  1. ^ Chisholm 1911.
  2. ^ Madame Cottin, Amelia Mansfield : a novel, London : Printed for Henry Colburn ..., 1809, 3 vol.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Cottin, Marie". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Wood, James, ed. (1907). "Cottin, Sophie" . The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.

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