Selected Writings

Paperback | August 1, 1999

byGerard De NervalTranslated byRichard Sieburth

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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.

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 Gerard de Nerval introduced into French literature a mode of writing rooted in German romanticism yet noticeably modernist in its explorations of the uncertain borderlines between dream and reality, irony and madness, autobiography and fiction. Selected Writings serves as a great introduction to his more substantial writing. This volu...

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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 o...

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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", ...

Gerard de Nerval (1805-55) was an inveterate traveller, and made many contributions of travel literature to various periodicals. He was also a prolific poet and wrote many tales including 'Sylvie' (1853), his most read work. Richard Sieburth is Professor of French at New York University. He has translated Walter Benjamin's 'Moscow Dia...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.8 × 5.12 × 0.82 inPublished:August 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014044601X

ISBN - 13:9780140446012

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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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 Gerard de Nerval introduced into French literature a mode of writing rooted in German romanticism yet noticeably modernist in its explorations of the uncertain borderlines between dream and reality, irony and madness, autobiography and fiction. Selected Writings serves as a great introduction to his more substantial writing. This volume includes the celebrated Doppelganger in addition to a host of shorts, poems and letters that all go to demonstrate the writer’s acute awareness of these borders. Translated with an introduction and notes by Richard Sieburth, this edition lets you absorb the exact meaning of this influential author.