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The Mummy's Foot and Other Stories

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Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier was a poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and literary critic. He was a contributor to various journals, most notably to La Presse. The Mummy's Foot -- the title story in this collection -- is a gothic tale, published in French as "Le Pied de Momie." It relates the adventures of a man who buys the 3,000 year old foot of Princess Hermonthis ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 15th 2008 by Aegypan (first published 1980)
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Bill  Kerwin

This slim collection of four long stories is an attractive introduction to the Romantic roots of the aesthetic movement. Its prose is filled with lush description, studded with metaphorical gems, and the ornamentation often seems to be its own justification. Gautier--an important art critic--writes painterly prose, and, although each story takes on at least a tint of decadence, this darkness is merely part of the palette, not a philosophical stance or an unavoidable obsession. "Les Fleurs de Mal
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Glenn Russell
May 12, 2014 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing
Poet, novelist, storyteller, dramatist, journalist, outstanding critic in the fields of literature, art and dance, human being extraordinaire Theophile Gautier had a flair for the exotic and the emotionally intense, an author who has been linked to, among various others, the literary worlds of romanticism, decadence and the supernatural. Ultimately, no category or movement was large enough to hold Theophile Gautier; his perceptions and imagination as well as his range of interests and literary ...more
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Sep 25, 2016 Jeff Hobbs marked it as to-read
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The Mummy's foot --
One of Cleopatra's nights --
The fleece of gold --
La morte amoureuse --
Ana Maria Rînceanu
Daydreaming has an even more power in Théophile Gautier's short stories than it does in real life. Given how much I'm prone to it, I can see myself falling into a daze from which, like our protagonists, I'm not sure I can get out of.
Casey
these short stories were a treat to read, the mummies foot (though obvious ) was written very well and The Quartette (more of a novel than a short story) was the antithesis of the romantic era. Complete with revenge and a foreign lover.
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Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier (1811-1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and literary critic. In the 1830 Revolution, he chose to stay with friends in the Doyenné district of Paris, living a rather pleasant bohemian life. He began writing poetry as early as 1826 but the majority of his life was spent as a contributor to various journals, mainly for La Presse, which also gave ...more
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