Alfred Demusset

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Birthday
11, 1810
Birthplace
France
Death Date
May 2, 1857 (46)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
11, 1810
Birthplace
France
Death Date
May 2, 1857 (46)

About

French poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era. His poetry collections include Un Spectacle dans un fauteuil and Contes d'Espagne et d'Italie; his plays include Le Chandelier and Bettine.

Before Fame

His mother hosted high-brow Parisian society events; meanwhile, the young de Musset entertained himself by staging impromptu theatrical performances.

Trivia

He died of heart failure, a condition that was further complicated by his alcoholism. One symptom of his aortic trouble was a strange bobbing of his head, an indicator that came to be known in medicine as "de Musset's sign."

Family Life

His autobiographical novel, La Confession d'un Enfant du Siecle, details his two-year love affair with French writer Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupi (better known by the famous pen name of George Sand).

Associated With

Fellow French poet Arthur Rimbaud heavily criticized de Musset's work.