The Bachelor Girl

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The Bachelor Girl
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AuthorVictor Margueritte
Original titleLa Garçonne
TranslatorHugh Barnaby
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The Bachelor Girl (French: La Garçonne[a]) is a novel by Victor Margueritte first published in 1922. An English translation was first published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf. It deals with the life of a young woman who, upon learning that her fiancé is cheating on her, decides to live life freely and on her own terms. Amongst other things, this included having multiple sexual partners. The title translates as The Tomboy. The title addresses the somewhat ambiguous realm between definite gender roles, e.g. where a Judeo-Christian patriarchal society might place a free-thinking, free-living woman in its social strata.

Although the theme is not particularly shocking in the present day, at the time it was considered quite scandalous; it even caused the author to lose his Legion of Honour. It has been adapted into a film four times, the most notably in 1936.


  1. ^ The word 'garçonne' is synonymous with the English 'flapper' (women's fashion of the 1920s epitomised by the 'bob' haircut).

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