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My Fantoms

Romantic provocateur flamboyant bohemian precocious novelist perfect poet not to mention an inexhaustible journalist critic and man about town Théophile 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 but too little known writer into English My Fa. In my contrarian days I was a subscribing member of the Committee for Scientific Investigation into Claims of the Paranormal now known as the temperate and less narrowly focused Committee for Skeptical Inuiry For real Oh I was armed with ferocious resources to debunk commonly cherished myths like flying saucers crop circles psychics and divine creation None of which added to my already limited popularity And I am cynical stillBut that doesn t mean there aren t ghosts They just aren t cinematic They are the little fissures in the mind that blur that disconnect Except for the heavy lifting of course That s when the Devil comes in Having cast around for a long time the best answer he could come up with was that the whole thing was inexplicable unless it was the Devil himself at work The Devil has always preyed upon mankind and Jesus himself was not spared his wiles The temptation of St Anthony is well known and Martin Luther was also tormented by Satan so that to drive him away he was reduced to throwing the inkwell at his head One can still see the mark of the ink on the wall of his monk s cellThe Devil makes a few appearances in these 19th century ghost stories toying first with an artist and then with an actor The actor was attempting to portray the Devil in a stage play but he wasn t getting the Satanic laugh uite rightOften of course the protagonists were confronted with feminine fantoms Of this I know I have heard serious minded people make flippant remarks about the kind of love that is conceived for actresses and ueens and lady poets and for all women who to their way of thinking excite a man s imagination rather than his affections and yet it is just this kind of mad love affair which leads to insanity to death or to the unheard of sacrifices of time or wealth or intellect So You think you are in love Ah But don t you sometimes think you are ill And yet if you think you are then you really are The final story in this collection is hardly fiction rather it is a meditation of sorts of the author s friend the poet G rard de Nerval who ended it all in the Rue de la Vieille Lanterne by means of a thin strap perhaps the ueen of Sheba s garter attached to the bars of a wall ventilatorI started this story just after reading a review about some Gustave Dor prints They make an impression to say the least So I was startled when Gautier when describing his friend s suicide took us to the very place first to a lithograph by C lestin Fran ois NanteuiAnd then to a drawing by Gustav Dor A black masterpiece he calls it which prompts the reflection that horror has its own beauty Idenics provocateur flamboyant bohemian Night Owl Loonette precocious novelist Deadshifted (Edie Spence, perfect El agujero del infierno poet not to mention an inexhaustible journalist critic and man about town Théophile 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 but too little known writer into English My Fa. In my contrarian days I was a subscribing member of the Committee for Scientific Investigation into Claims of the Paranormal now known as the temperate and less narrowly focused Committee for Skeptical Inuiry For real Oh I was armed with ferocious resources to debunk commonly cherished myths like flying saucers crop circles The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) psychics and divine creation None of which added to my already limited Teddy popularity And I am cynical stillBut that doesn t mean there aren t ghosts They just aren t cinematic They are the little fissures in the mind that blur that disconnect Except for the heavy lifting of course That s when the Devil comes in Having cast around for a long time the best answer he could come up with was that the whole thing was inexplicable unless it was the Devil himself at work The Devil has always Calling Me Home preyed upon mankind and Jesus himself was not spared his wiles The temptation of St Anthony is well known and Martin Luther was also tormented by Satan so that to drive him away he was reduced to throwing the inkwell at his head One can still see the mark of the ink on the wall of his monk s cellThe Devil makes a few appearances in these 19th century ghost stories toying first with an artist and then with an actor The actor was attempting to Mr. Francis Wife play but he wasn t getting the Satanic laugh uite rightOften of course the The Shadow People protagonists were confronted with feminine fantoms Of this I know I have heard serious minded Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels poet G rard de Nerval who ended it all in the Rue de la Vieille Lanterne by means of a thin strap The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook perhaps the ueen of Sheba s garter attached to the bars of a wall ventilatorI started this story just after reading a review about some Gustave Dor Vietnam Perkasie prints They make an impression to say the least So I was startled when Gautier when describing his friend s suicide took us to the very Losing Strength and Dexterity prompts the reflection that horror has its own beauty

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Ntoms 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 Gérard de Nerval the great friend of Gautier’s youth My Fantoms celebrates the senses and illuminates the strange disguises of the spirit while ta. this is an absolutely fantastic book of seven supernatural stories by theophile gautier kudos to nyrb for putting this book out along with the dozens of other fabulous titles they have published many of them uite obscurewhile these aren t really ghost stories demons devils and spirits abound and one of the stories the priest must surely be one of the first stories to mention vampires as it was written in 1836 bram stoker s dracula by comparison didn t come out until 1897the writing is uniformly brilliant thanks in large part to the fabulous translation by richard holmes every sentence flows beuatifullyif you like stories that lean toward the supernatural or just really great writing in general i can t recommend this book highly enoughi also own two other books by gautier one is a novel and the other a memoir of his travels in italy i can t wait to read them All Night Long (Nannies, piercing recollection of the mad genius Gérard de Nerval the great friend of Gautier’s youth My Fantoms celebrates the senses and illuminates the strange disguises of the spirit while ta. this is an absolutely fantastic book of seven supernatural stories by theophile gautier kudos to nyrb for The Freeze-Frame Revolution published many of them uite obscurewhile these aren t really ghost stories demons devils and spirits abound and one of the stories the The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 priest must surely be one of the first stories to mention vampires as it was written in 1836 bram stoker s dracula by comparison didn t come out until 1897the writing is uniformly brilliant thanks in large

Théophile Gautier ð 9 Summary

King 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 naïve 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?. It s funny because after reading descriptions of Gautier in the Goncourt journals and other books these are exactly the kind of short stories I thought he might write Kind of a Gallic Poe if you substituted Poe s high Gothic style with a sort of otherworldly eroticism Very uniue and there were some beautiful passages such as this description of The Painter at workThe blood began to flow beneath the flesh tones the outlines grew sharp the forms filled out the light values were established against the dark and half the canvas was already alive The eyes were particularly successful The curve of the eyebrows was faultlessly indicated and melted softly into the temples in a velvety transposition of blue The shading beneath the eyelashes fell upon the white brilliance of the cornea with a marvelous muting effect the gaze was firmly placed and the painting of the iris and pupil left nothing to be desired The only thing missing was the tiny diamond of light that spangle of sunshine which painters call the sight spot


10 thoughts on “My Fantoms

  1. says:

    Théophile Gautier 1811 1872 one of the giants of 19th century French literature author of novels short stories essays plays and poetry was also a journalist who wrote reviews on literature theater dance and art especially art since in his younger years was himself a painter a background that served him well as his writing is visua

  2. says:

    In my contrarian days I was a subscribing member of the Committee for Scientific Investigation into Claims of the Paranormal now known as the temperate and less narrowly focused Committee for Skeptical Inuiry For real Oh I was armed with ferocious resources to debunk commonly cherished myths like flying saucers crop cir

  3. says:

    45 starsOn n'est veritablement morte ue uand on n'est plus aimée My Fantoms is a ghostly provocative selection of seven of Théophile Gautier's short stories translated and compiled by Richard Holmes The stories are arranged chronologically so that the reader may perceive the progression of Gautier's writing throughout the course of his professional career the first The Adolescent was written when he was just twenty one the last

  4. says:

    The Hippopotamus Theophile Gautier The sturdy Hippopotamus inhabits jungles Javanese where snarl in caverns bottomless undreamable monstrosities The boa hisses and unscrews; snuffles convulse the buffalo; the tiger caterwauls He chews or slumbers tranuillissimo He fears not kris nor assegai he looks at man and stands his ground; he laughs when shots from the sepoy spatter his leather and rebound The hippopotamus and I have an impe

  5. says:

    this is an absolutely fantastic book of seven supernatural stories by theophile gautier kudos to nyrb for putting this book out along with the dozens of other fabulous titles they have published many of them uite obscurewh

  6. says:

    I had read other books by Theophile Gautier but nothing prepared me for this superb collection of fantasy horror stories entitled My

  7. says:

    A middling collection nothing fancy pants but nothing awful either Gautier might put you in mind of Lefanu or other mid ce

  8. says:

    Wonderful stories Superb writing Phantasmagoria Fantastiue I loved each one of these even the one that is about Nerval his friend and poet than a fictional story I really enjoyed this collection This went on my best reads pile I was sad when I had blazed through the whole thing and it ended Highly recommend to fans of the gothic phantasmagoric type stories

  9. says:

    It's funny because after reading descriptions of Gautier in the Goncourt journals and other books these are exactly the kind of short stories I thought he might write Kind of a Gallic Poe if you substituted Poe's high Gothic style with a sort of otherworldly eroticism Very uniue and there were some beautiful passages such as this

  10. says:

    charming beautiful ghost stories that absolutely did not speak to me

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