Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
He was born in Tarbes in the Hautes-Pyrénées departement, in the southwestern region of France, and he went to Paris as a small child. He had an idea of becoming a painter, but his inclinations turned him in the direction of poetry, and these ambitions were furthered on meeting Victor Hugo. He also received help from Honoré de Balzac, who gave him work at the Chronique de Paris .
Gautier belonged, along with the poet Charles Baudelaire and Dr. Jacques-Joseph Moreau , and many other literary and intellectual figures of the day, to a club dedicated to experimenting with drugs, principally hashish, called the Club des Hashischins. In an article published in Revue des Deux Mondes in 1846, Gautier detailed their experiments.
He visited Spain in 1840 in the wake of the civil war then being waged. He made a living from journalism although he found the work 'humiliating', seeking and finding escape in travel and poetry. He is remembered for the quote: "Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality."
- Arria Marcella , 1831 to 1863
- Albertus , 1832
- Mademoiselle de Maupin , 1835 to 1836
- La Comédie de la mort , 1838
- Émaux et camées , 1852 to 1872
- Le Roman de la momie , 1858
- Le Capitaine Fracasse , 1863
The contents of this article is licensed from www.wikipedia.org under the GNU Free Documentation License. Click here to see the transparent copy and copyright details