Gérard de Nerval( 22 May 1808 - 26 January 1855 )
Gérard de Nerval was the nom-de-plume of the French writer, poet, essayist and translator Gérard Labrunie.
A major figure of French romanticism who worked in many genres, he is best known for his poems and novellas, especially the collection Les Filles du feu , which includes the novella Sylvie and the poem "El Desdichado".
Gérard Labrunie was born in Paris on 22 May 1808. His mother, Marie-Antoinette Laurent, was the daughter of a clothing salesman. Gérard's father, Étienne Labrunie, a military doctor, was given a formal position in Napoleon's >Grande Armée. When he joined the campaign in Prussia, his wife followed him. On 29 November 1810, when Gérard was two years old, Marie-Antoinette died by her husband's side in ">Głogów. He was brought up by his maternal great-uncle, Antoine...