Prosper Mérimée





Prosper Mérimée


Born
in Paris, France
September 28, 1803

Died
September 23, 1870

Genre

Influences


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,
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Carmen

3.52 avg rating — 2,429 ratings — published 1845 — 169 editions
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La Vénus d'Ille

3.46 avg rating — 1,127 ratings — published 1835 — 41 editions
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Mateo Falcone

3.65 avg rating — 433 ratings — published 1829 — 13 editions
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Colomba

3.47 avg rating — 502 ratings — published 1840 — 94 editions
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Carmen and Other Stories

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Tamango

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Mateo Falcone et autres nou...

3.75 avg rating — 99 ratings — published 1850 — 7 editions
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Хроника времен Карла IX

3.82 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 1829 — 48 editions
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La Vénus d'Ille et autres n...

3.58 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 1966 — 8 editions
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Lokis: Le Manuscrit Du Prof...

3.76 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 1969 — 9 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

“Carmen will always be free.”
Prosper Mérimée, Carmen

“She lied, sir. She has always lied. I don't think she ever spoke a word of truth. But when she spoke, I believed her.”
Prosper Mérimée, Carmen

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