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Louise de Pillot de Coligny-Chatillon Letters (VMF031)

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de Coligy to Apollinaire, written from Hotel du Midi, Nimes. Declares her love for him. Letter is torn on second fold and first fold has been badly repaired

de Coligy to Apollinaire, [Nice] opening of letter refers to a poem [by Apollinaire] titled [The Dream] in which a child is repeatedly beaten. de Coligy elaborates upon this scene and declares her passionate longing for him in explicite physical detail. Evidences interest in flagellation. Page is very large

de Coligy to Apollinaire, describes her recent activities and feelings. Quotes lines [unidentified] from verse he has [written to her]

de Coligy to Apollinaire, informs him of change of address and relates her recent travels in an auto. Asks him to write her at new address

de Coligy to Apollinaire, remarks upon the verse he sent her. Discusses his development toward a more optimistic outlook and despairs the possible return of an unpleasant pessimism

de Coligy to Apollinaire, reaffirms her devotion and passion and discusses briefly Apollinaire's beliefs in the importance of the couple and the symbolic significance of their union



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Title: Louise de Pillot de Coligny-Chatillon Letters (VMF031), 1914-1915Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1914: December - 1915: September 17

ID: MSS/VMF/031

Primary Creator: Coligny, Louise de (1881-1963)

Extent: 6.0 Items

Date Acquired: 06/16/1970

Languages: French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Six letters from Louise de Coligny-Châtillon to Guillaume Apollinaire, 1914-1915.

Collection Historical Note

Louise de Coligny-Châtillon (July 30, 1881 – 1963) is well-known for being ‘Lou,’ Guillaume Apollinaire’s lover.  Born Geneviève Marguerite Marie-Louise de Coligny-Chatillon Pillot, attended the  girls' boarding school of St. Maur. She took flight lessons in 1912, but gave up after a few months.

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), met de Coligny-Châtillon in Nice in September 1914 and a flamboyant affair began almost immediately. Lou was a member of one of the most illustrious families in Europe, a descendant of the famous Admiral Coligny. Initially she was amused and fascinated by the poet, but not impressed. In anger and frustration, Apollinaire joined the army, writing her on December 5, 1914 that he was leaving for the barracks at Nimes the following day. Within a few days she had followed him there. The evidence found in later letters and poems shows that they spend their time there in a frenzy of eroticism. The liaison lasted but a few months; but, they continued to correspond after their affair, having agreed to describe to each other everything, including the intimate physical details, concerning their future involvements. He dedicated his collection Poèmes á Lou to be published posthumously in 1947.

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Repository: MSS Manuscripts

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Acquisition Source: Purchased from Bertram Rota Ltd Booksellers

Acquisition Method: Accession number 1201

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed July 1970.

Other Note: A translation of these letters done by Shirley M. (Tuck) Loui is included with the originals.  Gift of Shirley M. (Tuck) Loui, February 19, 1980.


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[Item 1: de Coligy to Apollinaire, written from Hotel du Midi, Nimes. Declares her love for him. Letter is torn on second fold and first fold has been badly repaired, 1914: December],
[Item 2: de Coligy to Apollinaire, [Nice] opening of letter refers to a poem [by Apollinaire] titled [The Dream] in which a child is repeatedly beaten. de Coligy elaborates upon this scene and declares her passionate longing for him in explicite physical detail. Evidences interest in flagellation. Page is very large, 1915: February 5],
[Item 3: de Coligy to Apollinaire, describes her recent activities and feelings. Quotes lines [unidentified] from verse he has [written to her], 1915: May 11],
[Item 4: de Coligy to Apollinaire, informs him of change of address and relates her recent travels in an auto. Asks him to write her at new address, 1915: August 14],
[Item 5: de Coligy to Apollinaire, remarks upon the verse he sent her. Discusses his development toward a more optimistic outlook and despairs the possible return of an unpleasant pessimism, 1915: May 17],
[Item 6: de Coligy to Apollinaire, reaffirms her devotion and passion and discusses briefly Apollinaire's beliefs in the importance of the couple and the symbolic significance of their union, 1915: September 12],
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Item 1: de Coligy to Apollinaire, written from Hotel du Midi, Nimes. Declares her love for him. Letter is torn on second fold and first fold has been badly repaired, 1914: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page.


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