Explore the Fascinating Life of Romantic Poet Marceline Desbordes in “The Last Rendezvous”
Anne Plantagenet’s historical novel The Last Rendezvous brings the world of Romantic poet and actress Marceline Desbordes to life, down to the last detail. In a time period where women were frowned upon for putting pen to paper, Desbordes defied convention and became the only female author amongst Paul Verlaine’s group of “accursed poets,” a group that included Victor Hugo, Alfred de Vigny, and Charles Baudelaire. Plantagenet’s novel reveals how even though Desbordes found some stability in her turbulent life with her husband Prosper Valmore, it’s not until she begins her affair with an wealthy man named Henri de LaTouche that her poetry climbs to its greatest heights.
Thanks to the painstaking historical research and compelling writing, Plantagenet weaves a wonderful tale about Desbordes that looks beyond her fame as a poet and allows her readers to see the historical woman from every angle, including as a mother and as a lover. The novel also allows Desbordes’ talents to shine and her voice to pierce the veil of obscurity once more. While most historians focus on Hugo or Baudelaire, Plantagenet’s work brings this truly marvelous woman to the forefront and lets her talents shine.
Even though Desbordes did not have a happy life and was constantly searching for a way to feel fulfilled, Anne Plantagenet’s The Last Rendezvous allows Marceline Desbordes to be honored in a way that she never found when she was alive and is a wonderful way of preserving her works for future generations.