Alfred de Musset (1810-1857)
Experience is the name men give to their
follies or their sorrows.
Although his family encouraged him to study
medicine or law, Alfred de Musset preferred to study the
arts (music, painting, poetry). He became a member, while
he still was very young, of Victor Hugo's aalon, the capitol
of the romantic movement in France. After many attempts
in literature (translations, verses, drama), he decided
seriously to become a writer in 1832, the year in which
his father died. In 1852 he joined the Acadèmie Francaise.
His life, focused on pleasure, alcohol, and lovers (his
most famous affair was with George Sand), characterized
his romanticism. He saw literature as an extreme lyric valorization
of word, both in verses (Les nuits, 1835-36, Complete
poèms 1840) and in fiction (le confession d'un
enfant du siècle 1836). Musset was a master in drama;
his plays created multidimensional female portraits, and
had a deep sight of the psychology of love. He combined
the passionate perception of Racine with the wit of Marivaux.
Many of the titles for his works were taken from proverbs
popular at the time. Musset's popularity nowadays is second
only to Racine and Moliere.
Contes dEspagne et dItalie
La Nuit de mai, La Nuit daoût,
La Nuit doctobre, and La Nuit de
Il ne faut jurer de rien (1834)
On ne badine pas avec lamour (1836).
Confession dun enfant du siècle (1836)
Complete poèms (1840)
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