My Fantoms

By Theophile Gautier; Richard Holmes (Translator)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590172711, 194pp.)

Publication Date: August 5, 2008

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Romantic 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 bu 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.



About the Author
Theophile Gautier, ne a Tarbes le 30 aout 1811 et mort a Neuilly-sur-Seine le 23 octobre 1872, est un poete, romancier et critique d'art francais.

Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science. He is the author of the acclaimed and best-selling Tommy and Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket.
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