Author

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Prosper Mérimée

French writer, historian, and translator

1803   -   1870

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: 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 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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works

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La Vénus d'Ille

nouvelle de Prosper Mérimée

author: Prosper Mérimée

Carmen

1845 novel by Prosper Mérimée

author: Prosper Mérimée

1845

Colomba

novella by Prosper Mérimée

author: Prosper Mérimée

1840

Les Âmes du purgatoire

Novelle von Prosper Mérimée

author: Prosper Mérimée

1834

Mateo Falcone

short story by Prosper Mérimée

author: Prosper Mérimée

1829

Lokis

novella by Prosper Mérimée

author: Prosper Mérimée

The Taking of the Redoubt

A short story by Prosper Mérimée

author: Prosper Mérimée

1829

Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement

play written by Prosper Mérimée (1829/1830)

author: Prosper Mérimée

1829

articles

15

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

article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

author: Prosper Mérimée

Restauration du musée ( 1849 )

article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

author: Prosper Mérimée

Une Correspondance inédite de Prosper Mérimée/02 ( 1896 )

article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

author: Prosper Mérimée

Une Correspondance inédite de Prosper Mérimée/03 ( 1896 )

article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

author: Prosper Mérimée

Une Correspondance inédite de Prosper Mérimée/04 ( 1896 )

article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

author: Prosper Mérimée

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