Prosper Mérimée

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  • Peter Cogman (University of Southampton)

Mérimée was born in Paris on 18 September 1803 as the only child in a cultivated, free-thinking, anglophile family (his father Léonor Mérimée was taught drawing at the École polytechnique). The motto he later adopted, Μεμνησο απιστειν (“Remember to be distrustful”) is revealing: he preserved a timid and sensitive nature behind an asumed aloofness and formality. A voracious reader in a range of languages (Greek, Spanish, English, later Russian), he studied law in Paris (1819-23). From the age of 20 he mixed with painters and writers in liberal and Romantic salons, becoming (1822) a friend of Stendhal (in 1850 he circulated privately a pamphlet, H. B., commemorating his personality), and …

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Cogman, Peter. "Prosper Mérimée". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2003
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Mérimée's works

  1. Carmen
  2. Chronique du règne de Charles IX [A Chronicle of the Reign of Charles IX]
  3. Colomba
  4. Dernières Nouvelles [Last Tales]
  5. La Guzla, ou Choix de poésies illyriques, recueillies dans la Dalmatie, la Bosnie, La Croatie et l'Hertzégowine [The Guzla]
  6. La Jacquerie: scènes féodales, suivies de La Famille de Carvajal, drame [The Jacquerie, feudal scenes, followed by The Carvajal Family, drama]
  7. La Vénus d'Ille [The Venus of Ille]
  8. Mosaïque [Mosaic]
  9. Nouvelles [Novels]
  10. Prosper Mérimée's Short Stories
  11. Théâtre de Clara Gazul, comédienne espagnole [The Plays of Clara Gazul]