The Etruscan Vase and Other Stories

The Etruscan Vase and Other Stories

by Prosper Merimee
     
 

A unique edition for fans of the supernatural, combining one of Mérimée’s most celebrated stories with some lesser-known pieces


When the young and sensitive Auguste Saint-Clair notices an Etruscan vase on the mantelpiece of his beloved Mathilde, he becomes gradually consumed by jealousy at the thought that it could be the gift of

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A unique edition for fans of the supernatural, combining one of Mérimée’s most celebrated stories with some lesser-known pieces


When the young and sensitive Auguste Saint-Clair notices an Etruscan vase on the mantelpiece of his beloved Mathilde, he becomes gradually consumed by jealousy at the thought that it could be the gift of another man, and the situation escalates dramatically as he demands proof from her that she loves only him. This classic piece of French short fiction is presented alongside three other stories: "The Vision of Charles XI," a dark tale of premonition set in the Swedish royal palace; "Tamango," an account of a slave-ship revolt; and "The Blue Room," a supernatural farce and one of Mérimée’s final works; as well as two non-fiction pieces: "A Hanging," a description of a real-life public execution, and "H.B.," a tribute to the writer Stendhal.

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"Mérimée's tales have gradually come to be considered perfect models of the narrative art, and we confess our own admiration for them is such that we feel like declaring it a capital offence in a young storyteller to put pen to paper without having read them and digested them."  —Henry James

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847492098
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Series:
Oneworld Classics Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,181,036
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Prosper Mérimée (1803–1870), well-versed in European languages and an archaeologist by profession, wrote stories and novellas which displayed his concern for historical accuracy and his fascination for foreign places. Douglas Parmée (1914–2008) was an academic and a prolific translator.

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