Henri Murger

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Murger, Henri


Born Mar. 24 or 27, 1822, in Paris; died there Jan. 28, 1861. French writer.

The son of a concierge, Murger in 1851 compiled his magazine sketches on the life-style of bohemian artists into the book Scenes de la vie de Bohéme (Russian translation, 1963). In this work the tragic truth about the artists, the “wayward sons” of petit bourgeois respectability, acquired the proportions of a legend both humorous and poignant. In 1896, G. Puccini based his opera La Bohéme on the book. Murger later wrote novels depicting the life and mores of the peasants (Propos de ville et propos de theatre, 1853; The Red Sabot, 1860).


Montorgueil, G. H. Murger, romancier de la Bohéme. [Paris, 1929.]
Baldick, R. The First Bohemian: The Life of H. Murger. London [1961].
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The chapter on Henry Murger, the author of Scenes of Bohemian Life, evokes as enticingly as Murger did himself the bohemian world of starving poets, painters and philosophers and the bric-a-brac they brightened their garrets with: hookahs, skulls, the works of Shakespeare, window boxes of geraniums.