Other Literary Forms
Colette, whose complete works fill sixteen large volumes, is best known for her novels. Her first success, La Vagabonde (1911; The Vagabond, 1955), was followed by its sequel, L’Entrave (1913; The Shackle, 1964), and in time by Chéri (1920; English translation, 1929), La Maison de Claudine (1922; My Mother’s House, 1953, a novelized autobiography of her early years that followed four Claudine novels, published from 1900 through 1903 under her first husband’s name), La Fin de Chéri (1926; The Last of Chéri, 1932), Le Blé en herbe (1923; The Ripening Corn, 1931; also known as The Ripening Seed), La Seconde (1929; The Other One, 1931), La Chatte (1933; The Cat, 1936), Julie de Carneilhan (1941; English translation, 1952), and Gigi (1944; English translation, 1952). These and many others constitute a substantial body of internationally famous novels. Colette is also the author of numerous volumes of memoirs, plays, film scenarios, essays, reviews, sketches, and criticism. A centenary edition of her uvres complètes de Colette (complete works of Colette). Short Novels of Colette (1951), edited by Glenway Wescott, contains translations of six of her novels. Robert Phelps edited The Collected Stories of Colette, which includes translations, again by various hands, of one hundred works of short fiction.