Born In: Paris, France
Alfred de Musset was a French dramatist and poet, regarded as one of the first Romantic writers. He was also a prolific novelist of the romantic period and wrote some of the most memorable literary masterpieces of all times. His love for literature began at an early age when he used to perform unrehearsed mini-acts in front of his family, based upon episodes from old romance stories he had read. He dabbled in various career options before pursuing writing as a career. His early poems and plays were much appreciated in the French society earning him the reputation of being a dandy. He had a talented and groovy personality until he fell in love with a French writer that changed his life forever. After a brief period of romance and intimacy, they parted ways which left him broken and unwanted. He wrote some of his marvelous works in this grief of separation and these works were highly praised by his contemporaries and admirers. After the end of his love affair, he was also plagued by constant illnesses which remained with him till his last breath. He was an extraordinary writer, who had utmost faith in the immortality of love and it can be experienced in many of his literary works.
Also Known As: Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay
Died At Age: 46
father: Victor de Musset
siblings: Paul de Musset
Born Country: France
place of death: Paris, France
Cause of Death: Heart Failure
At the age of nine, he entered Lycée Henri-IV and graduated with honors in 1827. Same year, he won the Latin essay prize in the Concours général. He decided to pursue a career in medicine but dropped the idea later on due to his distaste for dissections.
His wrote his first play, ‘La Nuit vénitienne’, in 1830. It did not receive a positive response from the audience and due to this failure thereafter his plays were only published and not performed on stage until 1847.
His other works in playwriting include ‘On ne badine pas avec l'amour’(1834), ‘Le Chandelier’ (1835), ‘Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée’ (1845), ‘Carmosine’(1850) and many other such masterpieces.
He also wrote novels and other short stories such as ‘Emmeline’ (1837), ‘Frédéric et Bernerette’ (1838), ‘Croisilles’ (1839), ‘Histoire d'un merle blanc’ (1842), ‘Mimi Pinson’ (1843) and ‘Pierre et Camille’ (1844).
His other poetry collections are ‘Un Spectacle dans un fauteuil’ (1832), ‘Poésies complètes’(1840) and ‘Œuvres posthumes’(1860).
His finest poetry was published in his collection titled ‘Poésies nouvelles’(1850). It contains his famous poems inspired by his love for George Sand such as ‘La Nuit de mai’, ‘La Nuit de décembre’, ‘La Nuit d'août’ and ‘La Nuit d'octobre’.
He died in his sleep on May 2, 1857 due to heart failure. It was later described as the combined effect of alcoholism and a longstanding aortic insufficiency. He was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
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