Ce qui fat baptise le Symbolisme.” M. Paul Wilily has written ” se resume fres’ simplement dans!’intention commune a plusieurs families de polies de. A few years ago I did find the Kendall Lapin translation of “Aurélia” and “Sylvie”; There’s a fair amount of Nerval that doesn’t exist in English: a. Aurelia is French poet and novelist Gerard de Nerval’s account of his descent into madness–a condition provoked in part by his unrequited passion for an.

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AURELIA By Gerard de Nerval. (Translated by Richard Aldington .)

Obscure references to apocryphal texts! There is a strong melancholic undercurrent to his observations on internal life, his aurrlia, and the external world.

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This is when he composed some of his best works. Following his doctor Emile Blanche’s advice, he tried to purge himself of his intense emotions in his writing.

This is a personal favorite of mine–as a traveler and freighthopper myself– illuminating the reader with antiquarian delights, interesting anyone with a subtle appreciation for the architecture and landscapes of s Europe. Henry Miller called Nerval an “extraordinary French poet” and included him among a dnglish of exemplary translators: After a second nervous breakdown, Nerval was housed in Docteur Esprit Blanche’s clinic in Montmartre, where he remained from March to November.

Despite Nerval’s work on the project, Aurela was the only name on the libretto. I’d say that Nerval actually fares a little better: Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: This sounds li I strongly caution anyone who treasures the precious little time they have on this beautiful, big, blue planet not to squander it reading the work of Gerard Labrunie inspired to use the name Nerval in homage to the estate of a wealthy ancestor.


As far as I could tell, the protagonist of the main story broke up with his girlfriend, lost his mind, and traveled back to the genesis of time to re-live the history of the world, including witnessing rival Elohim battling on mountaintops, dinosaur-like beasts plodding across the landscape and passin Hadji tells me Nerval brought his own human skull to dinner parties to drink wine out of and auurelia Proust loved him for his ability to narrate perfectly from the space between wakefulness and sleep.

These stories encapsulate a deep and passionate longing for idolized woman, esoteric deism, and autobiographical traveling.

The ultimate poet’s poet, Nerval merges his dream world with the world we all share in these prose pieces, bringing about a kind of romantic apocalypse. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote Wikisource. I loved nergal even entlish I realized it was a 90 page struggle against castration. If the mind has to become completely unhinged in order to place us in communication with another world, it is clear that the mad will never be able to prove to the sane how blind they are, to say the very least!

Jun 21, Tess rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But it all seems like a dream now, and I can’t remember much about the book, and I’m not sure what I would think of it now.


The ravings of a madman? The poet Charles Baudelaire observed that Nerval had “delivered his soul in the darkest aurdlia that he could find. From the moment I became certain englih I was subject to sacred initiatory rights, an invincible force entered my spirit.

Aurélia and Other Writings by Gérard de Nerval

aureelia Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. He’s even acutely aware of the inherently problematic tendency to fall in love not with actual people but with his own images thereof. I considered myself a living hero in the eyes of gods. Search my Subject Specializations: Thank you for descending to Hell for all of us! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Nerval had a pet lobster, which he walked at the end of a blue silk ribbon in the Palais-Royal in Paris.

Dream is a second life.

View all 24 comments. I recognized familiar faces everywhere. Nov 16, Darin rated it it was amazing. Despite Dumas’ refusal to let him take credit for his work, Nerval continued to collaborate with Dumas on plays. Aurelia is about the “outpouring of the dream world into real life.