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French Prosper MERIMEE

French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on September 23, 1803 in Paris, France
Died: on September 23, 1870 in Cannes, France


Prosper Mérimée was born in Paris. He studied law as well as Greek, Spanish, English, and Russian. He was the first translator of much Russian literature in France.

Mérimée loved mysticism, history, the unusual, and mystification (in the latter he was influenced by Charles Nodier), the historical fiction popularised by Sir Walter Scott and the cruelty and psychological drama of Aleksandr Pushkin. Many of his stories are mysteries set in foreign places, Spain and Russia being popular sources of inspiration.

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