Selected Writings - Penguin Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140446012
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 848.809
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 406
Weight: 310g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 21mm