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#618 - Henri Murger

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The exceedingly rare French writer critiques Hugo’s play

French novelist and poet (1822–1861) best remembered as the author of La Vie de Boheme, which was later adapted into the famous operas by Puccini and Leoncavello. ALS in French, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8.25, May 7, 1843. Letter to Leon Noel, written from the "Hopital S. Louis" in Paris. In part (translated): "This means that when leaving St. Louis, I will have no fire or place, but I'm thinking of some vast projects if they succeed will make me become a powerful man…Les Burgraves…I think that this is Hugo’s mistake—Lucretius, it is different and although I have a grudge against her because of staying in line for 8 hours…I will confess that Lucretius seemed terrifyingly beautiful and yet it was poorly played…Judith is a kind of biblical pastoral ministry…we see a very beautiful Bedouin costume and 3 or 4 verses which are not bad, but the rest—does not worth the honor of being even named…and some of your verses were read to him, and he was excited by them, he wanted by all means that I entrust him your manuscript to show it to some men of letters.” In fine condition, with light toning and soiling and a few brushes to ink. This presents an especially intriguing literary association as Murger criticizes Les Burgraves, a play by Victor Hugo which premiered at the Comedie-Francaise on the same day this letter was written. The play is set along the Rhine and features the return of Emperor Barbarossa, whose mother was Judith. Murger’s autograph is supremely rare and practically nonexistent in the private marketplace. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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