Selected Writings

Selected Writings

Gerard de Nerval
Translator: Richard Sieburth

Format
Paperback
Price
$20.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140446012
  • 448 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

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.

Selected Writings

Selected Writings

Gerard de Nerval
Translator: Richard Sieburth

Awards

PEN BOMC Translation Prize – Winner

Table of Contents

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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