Gérard de Nerval

Gérard de Nerval

Everything I have read about Nerval state that he killed himself out of dispare, madness, failure, etc. But two articles I found are first I have heard of him being murdered. Also the fact that he was buried in consecrated grounds would mean that he wasn’t considered a suicide by the church either. Much less dramatic then a tortured poet killing himself, but actually more inspiring that he didn’t give up.

Contemporary obituary, questions his suicide

Harper’s magazine 1855

short French article, claims that he was murdered by criminals who thought he was a police officer

La Tradition 1888

French biography with lots of images

Gérard de Nerval, le poète, l’homme

strange little pamplet with some pictures. haven’t found many pamplets in google books:

Gérard de Nerval: prosateur et poète

Jenny Colon

couple of articles about Jenny Colon, neither mention Nerval so its nice to see her as something other then just his muse

The New monthly magazine 1829

The Polar star 1830


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