Born in 1873, Colette wrote her first book Claudine in 1900 and wrote three more Claudine books over the next few years. Her greatest novel is often said to be Cheri, which was published in 1920.
Colette wrote around 50 novels. A few of them, such as Gigi and Cheri have been adapted as films.
When she died in 1954, she was given a state funeral, which was the first state funeral given for a non-royal.
By means of an image we are often able to hold on to our lost belongings. But it is the desperateness of losing which picks the flowers of memory, binds the bouquet. - Colette