The nineteenth-century French writer, actress, and poet Marceline Desbordes-Valmore is still celebrated today for her innovative use of the eleven-syllable line in her poetry and is recognized as an important precursor of poets in the French Romantic tradition. Her vast collection of prose writings contains only one conte merveilleux or wonder tale, first published in her 1849 collection Les Anges de famille (Angels of the Family). The tale, “Clochetin or the Kingdom of Sa-Sa,” blurs the lines between imagination and reason, the dreamworld and reality, and also contains a negative didactic metacommentary on the genre of the fairy tale.
Desbordes-Valmore, Marceline and Dula, Adrion. "“Clochetin or the Kingdom of Sa-Sa”." Marvels & Tales 35.1 (2021). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol35/iss1/10>.