Dash, Gabrielle, Comtesse

WOMAN OF LETTERS (FRANCE)
BORN 1 Aug 1804, Poitiers, Vienne - DIED 9 Sep 1872, Paris: 8 de la rue Nollet
REAL NAME Gabrielle Anna de Cisternes de Courtiras, vicomtesse de Saint-Mars
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 23)

Gabrielle Cisternes de Courtiras was the daughter of Antoine Cisternes and Anne-Marie Horens. In 1822 she married Jules Eugène-Poilloüe Viscount of Saint-Mars, captain of the 8th regiment of dragoons. They moved to Paris, where she took part in the intellectual life. But she didn't like the garrison life and she and her husband separated arond 1835.

Her father had died in 1826 and after he lost her fortune, she decided to try to make a living as an author for herself and her son. Under the pseudonym of Countess Dash, after her favourite dog, she wrote a series of novels, usually romantic stories about the beau monde.

Her first novel was "Le jeu de la reine" (1839). Many more followed, among them "La Chaîne d'or" (1840), "Les Amours de Bussy Rabutin" (1850) and "La pomme d'Eve". She also collaborated with Alexandre Dumas and under his name she published "Mémoires d'un aveugle" (1856) and "La Dame de volupté" (1863). She died in 1872 in Paris. In 1896 her memoirs were published.

Images

The grave of Comtesse Dash at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)

 

Sources
DASH, Gabrielle de Cisterne de Courtiras dite comtesse, (1804-1872)
Comtesse Dash — Wikipédia


Daub, Ellen

Published: 16 Dec 2018
Last update: 16 Dec 2018