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Prosper Merimee


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Prosper Merimee : 

''"My masters... in poetry, were Swinburne and Meredith among the living, Rossetti, Matthew Arnold and Robert Browning among the lately dead. To these I would add Edward Fitzgerald... In prose, the masters were Stendhal, Flaubert, Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Guy de Maupassant, Prosper Merimee and Walter Pater".'

Century: 1850-1899 / 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: John Masefield      Print: Book


Prosper Merimee : unknown

Noted by Leon Edel in "Brief Chronology" of Henry James: "1860: Returns to Newport ... Reads Balzac and Merimee."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry James      Print: Unknown


Prosper Merimee : La Jacquerie

'[Merimee's] book has arrived yesterday. I have only begun reading it.' [letter to Venceslas-Victor Jacquemont]

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book


Prosper Merimee : unknown

Friday 15 August 1924: 'When I was 20 I liked 18th Century prose; I liked Hakluyt, Merimee. I read masses of Carlyle, Scott's life & letters, Gibbon, all sorts of two volume biographies, & Shelley.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Virginia Stephen      Print: Book


Prosper Mérimée : Tamango

'I do know the Mérimée story you speak of. It is "Tamango". A rather good piece of work. [...] I read it years ago.'

Century: 1850-1899 / 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Conrad      Print: Book


Prosper Mérimée : unspecified

'I have spoken of his affection for Dickens. Trollope he liked. Thackeray I think not over much, though he had a due regard for such creations as Major Pendennis. Meredith's characters were to him "seven feet high," and his style too inflated. He admired Hardy's poetry. He always spoke with appreciation of Howells, especially of the admirable "Rise of Silas Lapham". His affectionate admiration for Stephen Crane we know from his introduction to Thomas Beer's biography of that gifted writer. Henry James in his middle period--the Henry James of "Daisy Miller", "The Madonna of the Future", "Greville Fane", "The Real Thing", "The Pension Beaurepas"--was precious to him. But of his feeling for that delicate master, for Anatole France, de Maupassant, Daudet, and Turgenev, he has written in his "Notes on Life and Letters". I remember too that he had a great liking for those two very different writers, Balzac and Mérimée. Of philosophy he had read a good deal, but on the whole spoke little. Schopenhauer used to give him satisfaction twenty years and more ago, and he liked both the personality and the writings of William James.'

Century: 1850-1899 / 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Conrad      Print: Book


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