Selected Writings

Selected Writings

Book - 1999
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"Gerard 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."--BOOK JACKET.
"This selection of writings - the first such comprehensive gathering to appear in English - provides an overview of Nerval's work as a poet, belletrist, short-story writer and autobiographer. In addition to 'Aurelia', the memoir of his madness, 'Sylvie' (considered a 'masterpiece' by Proust), and the hermetic sonnets of 'The Chimeras', this volume includes Nerval's Doppelganger 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1999
Description: xxxvi, 406 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780140446012
Branch Call Number: 848 Ner
Additional Contributors: Sieburth, Richard.


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theorbys Nov 30, 2013

Nerval's extraordinary writings are a unique blend of his madness and rich, fertile imagination.

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