Gérard de Nerval was the nom-de-plume of the French writer, poet, and translator Gérard .. On Psychological and Visionary Art: Notes from C. G. Jung’s Lecture on Gérard de Nerval’s “Aurélia”. Ed. Craig E Stephenson, Princeton: Princeton. Aurélia. by Gérard de Nerval · Download. No Description Available. Fiction Literary · From the same author · Les Chimères · Download · Octavie. Download. Product Description. Aurelia & other writings by Gerard de Nerval Translated by Geoffrey Wagner, Robert Duncan and Marc Lowenthal ISBN X.

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Ve of the original self-styled -bohemians, – Nerval was best known in his own day for parading a lobster on a pale blue ribbon through the gardens of the Palais-Royal, and was posthumously noto Aurelia is French poet and novelist Gerard de Nerval’s account of his descent into madness–a condition provoked in part by his unrequited passion for an actress named Jenny Colon.

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Who needs reason when you can read this book! Geoffrey Atheling Wagner Translator. Written as a novella but pure poetry. Jerval in Paris inhe began to publish articles about his trip in All of which company should suggest that I’d love this, but I didn’t find myself totally enthralled by its largely diaristic realism. Why should a lobster be any more ridiculous than a dog?

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Proust fans, dreamers, escapists, the mentally unstable. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. May 14, Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: These aurrlia entangled him in a significant psychic bind and landed him in an asylum, from which this document seems to’ve been written.

Retrieved 22 January I strongly caution anyone who treasures the precious little time they have on this beautiful, big, blue planet not to squander it reading the work of Gerard Labrunie inspired to use the name Nerval in homage to the estate of a wealthy ancestor.


Published February 2nd by Exact Change first published February 2nd The composer Hector Berlioz relied on Nerval’s translation of Faust for his work La damnation de Faustwhich premiered in This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Contact our editors with your feedback.

Also included in this volume are previously untranslated stories by Marc Lowenthal, and poet Robert Duncan’s version of the sonnet cycle Chimerasmaking this the most complete collection of Nerval’s influential oeuvre ever published in English.

Jung described Nerval’s memoir as a cautionary tale the protagonist cannot profit psychologically from aaurelia own lucidity and profound insightsand he validates Nerval’s visionary experience as a genuine encounter with the collective unconscious and anima mundi.

The book begins with a seemingly realistic narrative about lost love and slowly bleeds into his imaginary world where it’s difficult to tell if he is relating true events or imaginary dreams.

Nerval — Aurelia

I loved it even before I realized it was a 90 page struggle against castration. Not for everybody, though.

This hallucinatory document of dreams, obsession and insanity has fascinated artists such as Joseph Cornell, who cited passages from it to explain his own work; Antonin Artaud, who saw his own madness mirrored by Nerval’s; and Andre Breton, who placed Nerval in the highest echelon of Surrealist heroes.

Aurellia may have fallen in love with the actress. It also seems gegard they select their authors more on the grounds of ridiculous shit they gained notoriety for, rather than any actual talent for telling a decent story, highlighted by their tendency to preface each weak edition with a cute little narrative on just how uncouth the author was instead of mentioning anything which might grard something to do with the actual book or any justification for publishing it, other than to perpetuate the fallacy that because some well-heeled cretin acting like a goddam nimrod uarelia something to say there might be something of worth gerarx amidst the ramblings.


The form encourages economy of setting, concise…. During this descent he is beseiged with visions, both waking and sleeping, of universal love and unity and universal desolation.

The language of my companions held a mysterious refrain which only I was able to comprehend, objects without shape or life lent themselves to my mental calculations; — from combinations of pebbles, from the shape of corners, crevices or openings, from the patterns of leaves, from colors, odors, and sounds, I saw emerge harmonies which had hitherto ahrelia unknown — how, I asked myself, have I been able to exist estranged from nature for so long, without identifying with her?

Following his doctor Emile Blanche’s advice, he tried to purge himself of his intense emotions in his writing. Other times, he goes to places dark and terrifying and it’s clear he’s having doubts about the existence of a Christian heaven.

Gérard de Nerval (Author of Aurélia and Other Writings)

Of course, it might not be coincidental that I also realized the book was drawing to a close at this point. May 19, David gerad it it was amazing. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login.

Suffice it to say that the man led a fascinating life, he really livedand he wrote a fascinating book into which he likely poured a lot of raw material from that life.