About the Author
Francoise Sagan (1935-2004) took her nom de plume from Marcel Prousts Princesse de Sagan and was eighteen years old when she wrote her bestseller Bonjour Tristesse
. Having failed to pass her examinations at the Sorbonne, she decided to write a novel. It received international acclaim and by 1959 had sold 850,000 in France alone. Bonjour Tristesse
scandalized 1950s France with its portrayal of teenager terrible Cécile, a heroine who rejects conventional notions of love, marriage and responsibility to choose her own sexual freedom.