Gérard de Nerval was the nom-de-plume of the French writer, poet, and translator Gérard .. Ahearn, Edward J. “Visionary Insanity: Nerval’s Aurélia.” Visionary. Product Description. Aurelia & other writings by Gerard de Nerval Translated by Geoffrey Wagner, Robert Duncan and Marc Lowenthal ISBN X. Aurelia Nerval is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Aurelia Nerval and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes.

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Print Save Cite Email Share. In May of that year, he created Le Monde Dramatique, a luxurious literary journal that made him squander his inheritance. The story is pretty simple; a turgid tale of unrequited and senseless infatuation for a stage-actress Aurelia on behalf of a maladjusted loser Nerval.

There is a particular reclusiveness that lies within Nerval’s writing that identifies solely with a limited number surelia individuals. Increasingly poverty-stricken and disoriented, he committed suicide during the night of 26 Januaryby hanging himself from the bar of a cellar window in the aurellia de la Vieille-Lanterne, a narrow lane in a squalid section of Paris.

For this reason, Nerval will not be understood by everyone that attempts reading his dream-inspired writings.

He is always inebriated with wistful longing, and it’s easy to get carried away with him. Everything in nature took on new aspects, and secret voices emanated from plants, trees, animals, and the smallest insects, in order to warn me and encourage me. 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 passing through doors that open into hallways that open into doors that open into other hallways.

The author seems surprisingly modern. The poet Charles Baudelaire observed that Nerval had “delivered his soul in nwrval darkest street that he could find. Aurella recouvrant ce que les hommes appellent la raison, faudra-t-il regretter de les avoir perdues?


It is just right. I loved it even before I realized it was a 90 page struggle against castration. Appleton and Company, pp. In JanuaryNerval’s maternal grandfather died and he inherited around 30, francs.

The obscure confusion, the pathos, and the spiritual hope that permeate these writings is very lucid and very pungent–I see why Breton considers Nervap writings the measuring stick for the surreal; there is truly something both lucid and dreamlike about Nerval’s writings. My imagination gave me infinite delight. View all 5 comments. He’ll take it wherever he can conjure it up. At age 19, with minimal knowledge of the German language, he began the ambitious task of translating Goethe ‘s Faust.

Tuve todas las emociones: Aug 14, Nate D rated it really liked it Shelves: He took a job at a notary’s office, but his heart was set on literature.

Nerval had a pet lobster, which he walked at the end of a blue silk ribbon in the Palais-Royal in Paris. There are other stories, poems, and documents in aurelja fantastic collection that I’m not reviewing, all of which are great or at least well worth reading esp. Such appear to be demanding criteria which Exact Change sets for the scribes of truly inspiring and timeless literature. The language of my companions held a mysterious refrain which only I was able to comprehend, objects without shape or life lent themselves to my mental calculations; — nrrval combinations aurwlia pebbles, from the shape of corners, crevices or openings, from the patterns of leaves, from colors, odors, and sounds, I saw emerge harmonies which had hitherto remained unknown — how, Aurella asked myself, have I been able to exist estranged from nature for so long, without identifying with her?

In fact, de Beauvoir cites Nerval as belonging to the Bretonian tradition of gloryiging Women nrval the gateway natural wonder and inspiration, as one of the failed literary approaches to women, falling quite short of any authentic relationship. May 14, Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Gerard Nerval somehow managed to squeeze a little writing into his hectic schedule of naked poetry readings and eating ice cream from a skull while on leave from psychiatric care.


Sometimes he calls himself ill, sometimes he rejects that diagnosis in favor of a mystical discovery of the universe. Written while institutionalized or shortly thereafter I’m not clear on thiswe get a look into a strange aurekia of other worlds that his mind takes him to.

Gérard de Nerval: The Status of Dream in Aurélia – Oxford Scholarship

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. These are dream travelogues; inventing a new literary genre of “dream-memoirs”. After a first nervous breakdown on 23 February he was cared for at the Sainte-Colombe Borstal “maison de correction”.

Publications Pages Publications Pages. Of course, it might not be coincidental that I also realized the book was drawing to a close at this point. Some are beautiful and reassuring where he is reconnected with departed loved ones and taken to beautiful landscapes. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Gérard de Nerval: The Status of Dream in Aurélia

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Nerval really did spend his adult life in and out of asylums, but he was also friends with lots of the biggest and best artists, writers, etc. Wikiquote has quotations related to: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Nerval may have fallen in love with the actress.

On Psychological and Visionary Art: Gordon, Rae Beth Poor Nerval, what a troubled and beautiful soul.