George Sand's "Leone Leoni" reverses the "Abbe Prevost's Manon Lescaut" and gives Manon's helpless amoral character to a man, Leoni, Juliette, the girl he seduces, becomes the exponent of undying, endless, forgiving love.
George Sand is the pen name of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, Baroness Dudevant, a 19th century French novelist and memoirist. Sand is best known for her novels "Indiana," " Lelia," and "Consuelo," and for her memoir "A Winter in Majorca," in which she reflects on her time on the island with Chopin in 1838-39. A champion of the poor and working classes, Sand was an early socialist who published her own newspaper using a workers' co-operative and scorned gender conventions by wearing men's clothing and smoking tobacco in public. George Sand died in France in 1876.