Selected Writings (Paperback)
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|*Author: Nerval, Gerard De/ Sieburth, Richard (TRN)/ Sieburth, Richard *Series Title: Penguin Classics *Publication Date: 1999/08/01 *Number of Pages: 406 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00|
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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.|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.