Prosper Mérimée, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Prosper Mérimée

French writer, historian, and translator

Date of Birth: 28-Sep-1803

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 23-Sep-1870

Profession: writer, politician, historian, playwright, translator, painter, archaeologist, anthropologist, novelist, Inspector general of the Historical Monuments

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Prosper Mérimée

  • Prosper Mérimée (French: [me?ime]; 28 September 1803 – 23 September 1870) was an important French writer in the movement of Romanticism, and one of the pioneers of the novella, a short novel or long short story.
  • He was also a noted archaeologist and historian, and an important figure in the history of architectural preservation.
  • He is best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen.
  • He learned Russian and translated the work of several important Russian writers, including Pushkin and Gogol, into French.
  • From 1830 until 1860 he was the inspector of French historical monuments, and was responsible for the protection of many historic sites, including the medieval citadel of Carcassonne and the restoration of the façade of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.
  • Along with the writer George Sand, he discovered the series of tapestries called The Lady and the Unicorn, and arranged for their preservation.
  • He was instrumental in the creation of Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris, where the tapestries now are displayed.
  • The official database of French monuments, the Base Mérimée, bears his name.

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