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Delphine Gay (1804–1855)

Gay, Delphine (gā). A French poet and novelist, daughter of Sophie; born in Aix-la-Chapelle, Jan. 26, 1804; died at Paris, June 29, 1855. Carefully educated by her celebrated mother, Sophie Gay, she won fame with her poetry at the age of fifteen, an academic prize at eighteen, and a royal pension at twenty. After her marriage with the famous Émile de Girardin in 1831, she began to write romances, and they proved prodigiously popular. Her poems include: ‘Sisters of St. Camille,’ ‘The Vision of Joan of Arc,’ and ‘The Widow of Nain.’ Her best-known works of fiction are: ‘Lorgnon’; ‘The Marquis de Pontanges’; and ‘Balzac’s Cane.’