Selected Writings

Selected Writings


Translator: Richard Sieburth

Format
Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140446012
  • 448 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

Poet, visionary, short-story writer and autobiographer, Gérard de Nerval (1808-1855) explored the uncertain borderlines between dream and reality, irony and madness, autobiography and fiction with his groundbreaking writings. This comprehensive selection of his works includes ‘Aurélia’, the memoir of his madness; the haunting novella of love and memory ‘Sylvie’ (considered to be a masterpiece by Proust); the hermetic sonnets of ‘The Chimeras'; as well as Nerval’s experimental fictions and selections from his correspondence, which demonstrate his lucid awareness of how nineteenth-century psychiatry consigned his fertile imagination to the status of mental illness. Together these pieces confirm Nerval’s place as a pioneering modernist, a precursor of the French Symbolists and a vital model for such writers as Marcel Proust, André Breton, Antonin Artaud and Michel Leiris.
Selected Writings

Selected Writings

Gerard de Nerval, Translator: Richard Sieburth

Awards

PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize – winner

Table of Contents

Selected WritingsIntroduction
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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