Born in 1873 in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye (Yonne), Sidonie Gabrielle Colette lived there until her marriage in 1893 to Henri Gauthier-Villars, dit Willy. It was he who encouraged her to write the series of four Claudine (1900-1904). Divorced in 1906, she became a mime while continuing to write — novels or memories: Les Vrilles de la vigne, La Vagabonde, Dialogues de Bétes, La Retraite sentimentale or L ‘Envers du music-hall. She contributed articles to Le Matin, where she married the editor-in-chief, Henri de Jouvenel, in 1912. Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium (1936) and of the Goncourt Academy (1 944), she died in Paris in 1954. her style and the scope of her work, she ranks among the best writers of the 20th century. Colette frequented the Cöte d’Azur a lot and in particular Monaco, which she said in 1950 that it was the “only country whose borders are flowers”.
The 45th Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival and the 10th New Generation Circus will be held at the famous Fontvieille Big Top from 20 to 29 January 2023. After being deprived of a Festival in 2021 and 2022, the public will be able to rediscover all the magic of the circus as we mark these two anniversaries. The two events will merge on occasion to put on an exceptional show bringing together acts from both the International Circus Festival and the New Generation Circus. There will be a single competition programme with some of the best acts in the world, judged by an international jury of circus professionals.
This booklet is composed of I O indivisible self-adhesive stamps with a permanent unit value corresponding to the postage price of a 20 gram letter for Monaco and France (“green letter” rate).
Printing process: Heliogravure
Size of the stamps: 26 x 31 mm vertical
Size of the booklet: 143 x 72 mm
Quantity of issue: 250 000 booklets