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Prosper Mérimée

French writer, historian, and translator (1803-1870)

1803   -   1870

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country of citizenship: France
native language: French
languages spoken, written or signed: French
educated at: Lycée Henri-IV
occupation: anthropologist, archaeologist, historian, translator, politician, writer, novelist, painter, playwright, Inspector general of the Historical Monuments
award received: Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour
position held: Second Empire senator, seat 25 of the Académie française

Prosper Mérimée (French: [meʁime]; 28 September 1803 – 23 September 1870) was a French writer in the movement of Romanticism, and one of the pioneers of the novella, a short novel or long short story. He was also a noted archaeologist and historian, and an important figure in the history of architectural preservation. He is best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen. He learned Russian, a language for which he had great affection, and translated the work of several important Russian writers, including Pushkin and Gogol, into French. From 1830 until 1860 he was the inspector of French historical monuments, and was responsible for the protection of many historic sites, including the medieval citadel of Carcassonne and the restoration of the façade of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Along with the writer George Sand, he discovered the series of tapestries called The Lady and the Unicorn, and arranged for their preservation. He was instrumental in the creation of Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris, where the tapestries now are displayed. The official database of French monuments, the Base Mérimée, bears his name.
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    • Histoire de Don Pèdre Ier, roi de Castille/01 ( 1847 )

      article publié dans la Revue des Deux mondes

      author: Prosper Mérimée

    • Histoire de la littérature espagnole ( 1851 )

      article publié dans la Revue des Deux mondes

      author: Prosper Mérimée

    • De l’histoire ancienne de la Grèce/06 ( 1856 )

      article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

      author: Prosper Mérimée

    • Mémoires d’une famille huguenote ( 1853 )

      article publié dans la Revue des Deux mondes

      author: Prosper Mérimée

    • Note sur Théodore Leclercq ( 1851 )

      article publié dans la Revue des Deux mondes

      author: Prosper Mérimée

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