The Jinx

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Hesperus, 2002 - Fiction - 95 pages
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A painter who became a novelist, Théophile Gautier formulated the notion of “art for art’s sake.” In this literary gem, the gaze is the central character as the eye of the beholder turns deadly. Paul d’ Aspremont, on holiday in Italy, meets his fiancée in all but name, a young English girl named Alicia Ward. What begins as an urbane and courtly affair descends into a Gothic nightmare as Paul is revealed to possess the “evil eye,” a jinx that kills all those he befriends. Novelist, poet, and critic, Théophile Gautier was a key figure in the Romantic movement in France.

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(1811-1872). Theophile Gautier debute dans la peinture, puis se fait poete par admiration pour Victor Hugo. Parti du romantisme flamboyant, il va devenir l'un des chefs de file de la jeune poesie parnassienne des annees 1860. Poete, romancier, journaliste, grand voyageur a la curiosite insatiable, il a marque la vie litteraire de son temps.

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