Selected Writings (Penguin Classics)

Selected Writings (Penguin Classics)

Gérard de Nerval


Gerard de Nerval (1808-1855), a latest of Poe, De Quincey, Gogol and Heine, brought into French literature a method of writing rooted in German romanticism but already recognizably modernist in its explorations of the doubtful borderlines among dream and fact, irony and insanity, autobiography and fiction.. "This collection of writings - the 1st such accomplished accumulating to seem in English - presents an outline of Nerval's paintings as a poet, belletrist, short-story author and autobiographer. as well as 'Aurelia', the memoir of his insanity, 'Sylvie' (considered a 'masterpiece' through Proust), and the airtight sonnets of 'The Chimeras', this quantity contains Nerval's Doppelganger stories and experimental fictions. decisions from his correspondence display a lucid information of the options through which nineteenth-century psychiatry consigned his visionary mind's eye to the purgatory of psychological sickness.

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