Prosper Mérimée





Prosper Mérimée

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born
in Paris, France
September 28, 1803

died
September 23, 1870

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

Prosper Mérimée was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen.
Mérimée loved mysticism, history, and the unusual, and may have been influenced by Charles Nodier (though he did not appreciate his works), the historical fiction popularised by Sir Walter Scott and the cruelty and psychological drama of Aleksandr Pushkin. Many of his stories are mysteries set in foreign places, Spain and Russia being popular sources of inspiration.
In 1834, Mérimée was appointed to the post of inspector-general of historical monuments. He was a born archaeologist, combining linguistic faculty of a very unusual kind with accurate scholarship,...more


Average rating: 3.56 · 3,360 ratings · 161 reviews · 152 distinct works · Similar authors
Carmen
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 1,265 ratings — published 1845 — 83 editions
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La Vénus d'Ille
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 450 ratings — published 1835 — 15 editions
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Colomba
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 296 ratings — published 1840 — 55 editions
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Carmen and Other Stories
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 207 ratings — published 1948 — 19 editions
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Mateo Falcone
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 181 ratings — published 1829 — 11 editions
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Mateo Falcone et autres nou...
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La Vénus d'Ille et autres n...
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Tamango
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 1971 — 5 editions
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Хроника времен Карла IX
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 1829 — 23 editions
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Lokis: Le Manuscrit Du Prof...
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 1969 — 5 editions
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More books by Prosper Mérimée…
“I'll follow you, even to death—but I won't live with you any more.”
Prosper Mérimée, Carmen

“Me dicas vriardâ de jorpoy, bus ne sino braco.

(proverbe bohémien: Je suis habillée de laine, mais je ne suis pas mouton.)”
Prosper Mérimée

“It strikes me you might place your gifts better. Why should you send powder to a ruffian who will use it to commit crimes? But for the deplorable weakness every one here seems to have for the bandits, they would have disappeared out of Corsica long ago."

"The worst men in our country are not those who are 'in the country.'"

"Give them bread, if it so please you. But I will not have you supply them with ammunition."

"Brother," said Colomba, in a serious voice, "you are master here, and everything in this house belongs to you. But I warn you that I will give this little girl my mezzaro, so that she may sell it; rather than refuse powder to a bandit.”
Prosper Mérimée, Colomba

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