Selected Writings

Overview

This selection of writings—the first such comprehensive gathering to appear in English—provides an overview of Nerval's work as a poet, belle-lettrist, short-story writer and autobiographer. In addition to "Aurélia", the memoir of his madness, "Sylvie" (considered a 'masterpiece' by Proust), and the hermetic sonnets of "The Chimeras", this volume includes Nerval's Doppelgänger tales and experimental fictions. Selections from his correspondence demonstrate a lucid awareness of the strategies by which ...

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Overview

This selection of writings—the first such comprehensive gathering to appear in English—provides an overview of Nerval's work as a poet, belle-lettrist, short-story writer and autobiographer. In addition to "Aurélia", the memoir of his madness, "Sylvie" (considered a 'masterpiece' by Proust), and the hermetic sonnets of "The Chimeras", this volume includes Nerval's Doppelgänger tales and experimental fictions. Selections from his correspondence demonstrate a lucid awareness of the strategies by which nineteenth-century psychiatry consigned his visionary imagination to the purgatory of mental illness.

Selected Writings confirms Nerval's place as a precursor of the French Symbolists and as a vital model for such twentieth-century writers as Marcel Proust, André Breton, Antonin Artaud, and Michel Leiris.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140446012
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 404,012
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Gérard de Nerval (1808-1855), a contemporary of Poe, De Quincey, Gogol and Heine, introduced into French literature a mode of writing rooted in German romanticism yet already recognizably modernist in its explorations of the uncertain borderlines between dream and reality, irony and madness, autobiography and fiction.

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Table of Contents

Selected Writings Introduction Chronology Further Reading
Shadow Selves
Introductory Note The King of Bedlam The Tale of Caliph Hakim

Memories of the Valois
Introductory Note Angélique Sylvie

Unreal Cities
Introductory Note Diorama To My Friend Théophile Gautier Octavia October Nights Pandora

Dream/Life
Introductory Note Aurélia Drafts of "Aurélia"
Panorama Letters

Sonnets
Introductory Note The Gramont Manuscript The Chimeras

Notes

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