Henry Gauthier-Villars
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Henry Gauthier-Villars

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Born Aug 8, 1859
Died Jan 12, 1931

Henry Gauthier-Villars or Willy, his nom-de-plume, was a French fin-de-siecle writer and music critic who is today mostly known as the mentor and bisexual first husband of Colette. Other pseudonyms used by Gauthiers-Villars are: Henry Maugis, Robert Parville, l’Ex-ouvreuse du Cirque d’été, L’Ouvreuse, L’Ouvreuse du Cirque d’été, Jim Smiley, Henry Willy, Boris Zichine.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1859 Birth Born on 8 August 1859 in Villiers-sur-Orge, Essonne into a bourgeois Catholic family, he attended the Lycee Fontanes and later the Jesuit Collège Stanislas in Paris. … Read More

TWENTIES

1885 26 Years Old In 1885, he obtained a law degree and subsequently started with a job in the family’s publishing firm of Gauthier-Villars.

THIRTIES

1889 30 Years Old Willy was a ladies man; Rachilde described him "as a man of the world, a brilliant Parisian rake". In 1889 he met Colette, 14 years younger than he was; they married on 15 May 1893. … Read More

FORTIES

1905 46 Years Old In 1905, Willy was painted by Giovanni Boldini.

FIFTIES

1910 51 Years Old The marriage to Colette lasted until 1910, although in the years prior they were already separated. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1931 72 Years Old Willy died on 12 January 1931 in Paris. … Read More
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