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    DescriptionRomantic provocateur, flamboyant bohemian, precocious novelist, perfect poet-not to mention an inexhaustible journalist, critic, and man-about-town-Theophile Gautier is one of the major figures, and great characters, of French literature. In My Fantoms Richard Holmes, the celebrated biographer of Shelley and Coleridge, has found a brilliantly effective new way to bring this great but too-little-known writer into English. My Fantoms assembles seven stories spanning the whole of Gautier's career into a unified work that captures the essence of his adventurous life and subtle art. From the erotic awakening of "The Adolescent" through "The Poet," a piercing recollection of the mad genius Gerard de Nerval, the great friend of Gautier's youth, My Fantoms celebrates the senses and illuminates the strange disguises of the spirit, while taking readers on a tour of modernity at its most mysterious. "What ever would the Devil find to do in Paris?" Gautier wonders." He would meet people just as diabolical as he, and find himself taken for some naive provincial..." Tapestries, statues, and corpses come to life; young men dream their way into ruin; and Gautier keeps his faith in the power of imagination: "No one is truly dead, until they are no longer loved."


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    Title
    My Fantoms
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Theophile Gautier, Translated by Richard Holmes, Introduction by Richard Holmes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781590172711
    ISBN 10: 159017271X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADF
    BIC E4L: HOR, SST
    BIC subject category V2: DQ, FYB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.4
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 843.7
    BIC subject category V2: FKC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    B&T Approval Code: A24244050
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADF
    DC22: 843/.7
    BISAC V2.8: FIC027040
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000
    LC classification: PQ2258 .A6 2008
    Thema V1.0: DNT, FYB, FKC
    Publisher
    The New York Review of Books, Inc
    Imprint name
    New York Review of Books Classics
    Publication date
    18 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Theophile Gautier (1811-1872), whose father was a minor government functionary, was born in southwestern France, but when he was three his family moved to Paris, where he spent the rest of his life. The young Gautier wanted to make his name as a painter until, at eighteen, he met Victor Hugo and decided to become a writer. Instead; within a year he had published his first collection of poetry. Gautier also formed an early and deep attachment to the brilliant but troubled poet Gerard de Nerval, and the two of them became central to the the Jeune-France movement, celebrated for its Bohemian dandyism and aesthetic provocations. (Gautier became especially notorious for the red vest he wore to the opening of Hugo's play Hernani.) In 1836 Gautier published the novel Mademoiselle de Maupin, a succes de scandale that is the source of the phrase "art for art's sake," and later that year, he was hired as a critic for the daily paper La Presse, in which capacity he was to champion the work of Baudelaire, Berlioz, Delacroix, Heine and the Goncourt brothers. Gautier himself continued to publish poetry, short stories, literary criticism, plays, and ballets, including the scenario for the ballet Giselle and the unfinished History of Romanticism, which he was working on at the time of his death. Richard Holmes is the author of Shelley: The Pursuit (published by NYRB Classics), which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1974; Coleridge: Early Visions, winner of the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year award; Dr Johnson & Mr Savage, which won the 1993 James Tait Black Prize; and Coleridge: Darker Reflections, which won the 1990 Duff Cooper Prize and Heinemann Award. His other works include Footsteps (1985) and Sidetracks (2000). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1992. He is also a professor of biographical studies at the University of East Anglia. He lives in London and Norwich with the novelist Rose Tremain.
    Review quote
    "Gautier was a leading writer of the Romantic movement and forms a bridge between the supernatural fiction of Goethe and E.T.A. Hoffmann and the pivotal pulp magazine "Weird Tales"."-Cynthia Ward"Theophile Gautier was one of the most important writers of fantastic tales in France during the Romantic period."-"The Modern Language Journal""It is in Theophile Gautier that we first seem to find an authentic French sense of the unreal world, and here there appears a spectral mystery which, though not continuouslyused, is recognizable at once as something alike genuine and profound." -H. P. LovecraftGautier writes ."..stories of remarkable artistry, rich in irony and nostalgia, in which the subtle play of passion with terror is expressed in a precise, elegant prose style." --"The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror & the Supernatural"