Gérard de Nerval

1808 - 1855

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Gérard de Nerval (French: [ʒeʁaʁ də nɛʁval]; 22 May 1808 – 26 January 1855) was the nom de plume of the French writer, poet, and translator Gérard Labrunie, a major figure of French romanticism, best known for his novellas and poems, especially the collection Les Filles du feu (The Daughters of Fire), which included the novella Sylvie and the poem "El Desdichado". Through his translations, Nerval played a major role in introducing French readers to the works of German Romantic authors, including Klopstock, Schiller, Bürger and Goethe. His later work merged poetry and journalism in a fictional context and influenced Marcel Proust. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gérard de Nerval has received more than 307,869 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Gérard de Nerval is the 473rd most popular writer (up from 491st in 2019), the 544th most popular biography from France (up from 564th in 2019) and the 84th most popular French Writer.

Gérard de Nerval was a French poet and novelist who is most famous for his novel "Les Chimères".

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Among writers, Gérard de Nerval ranks 473 out of 5,794Before him are Louis Aragon, Paula Hitler, Susan Sontag, Tennessee Williams, Yunus Emre, and Frans Eemil Sillanpää. After him are Arion, Henry IV of Castile, Jostein Gaarder, Imadaddin Nasimi, Edmondo De Amicis, and Anaïs Nin.

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Among people born in 1808, Gérard de Nerval ranks 10Before him are Andrew Johnson, Patrice de MacMahon, Emir Abdelkader, Frederick VII of Denmark, Jefferson Davis, and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. After him are Thomas Cook, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, David Strauss, Johann Gustav Droysen, Maria Malibran, and Carl Spitzweg. Among people deceased in 1855, Gérard de Nerval ranks 6Before him are Carl Friedrich Gauss, Søren Kierkegaard, Nicholas I of Russia, Charlotte Brontë, and Adam Mickiewicz. After him are Infante Carlos, Count of Molina, Adelaide of Austria, François Rude, Pavel Nakhimov, Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg, and François Magendie.

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In France

Among people born in France, Gérard de Nerval ranks 544 out of 5,234Before him are Louis Aragon (1897), Niki de Saint Phalle (1930), Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France (1781), Louis, Prince of Condé (1530), Daniel Auber (1782), and Eugène Boudin (1824). After him are Brigitte Macron (1953), Anaïs Nin (1903), Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoy (1383), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Charles II of Navarre (1332), and Boris Vian (1920).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Gérard de Nerval ranks 84Before him are Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636), Pierre de Marivaux (1688), Henri Barbusse (1873), Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848), J. M. G. Le Clézio (1940), and Louis Aragon (1897). After him are Anaïs Nin (1903), Boris Vian (1920), Jules Michelet (1798), George Steiner (1929), Héloïse (1101), and Camille Flammarion (1842).