Alfred de Musset was a French dramatist, poet and novelist. He was born in Paris on 11December 1810 into a family of the nobility and was a bright child, excelling at school. In a letter dated 23 September 1827, Alfred told his classmate Paul Foucher, “je ne voudrais pas écrire ou je voudrais être Shakespeare ou Schiller” (“I don’t want to write, unless I can be Shakespeare or Schiller”) (Lefebvre, 1970, 8). He came close to realizing this ambition: his play Lorenzaccio is widely considered to be the French equivalent of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.
In his twenties Musset joined a group of young Romantic writers in Paris, known as the “Cénacle”, associated with the review La Muse franç…
McRobert, Sandra. "Alfred de Musset". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 May 2013
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