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).


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Baldick, R. The First Bohemian: The Life of H. Murger. London [1961].
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References in classic literature ?
I had no idea how long he might be, but I sat stolidly puffing at my pipe and skipping over the pages of Henri Murger's "Vie de Boheme." Ten o'clock passed, and I heard the footsteps of the maid as they pattered off to bed.
La Boheme is composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scanes de la vie de bohame by Henri Murger. The world premiere of the opera was held in Turin on February 1896.
The second is a translation of a poem entitled "La Ballade du Desespere," originally composed by French writer Henri Murger, best known for his novel Scenes de la vie de boheme (1847-49, and the basis for Puccini's more enduringly popular opera, La Boheme).
La boheme is based on the book written by Henri Murger called La Vie de boheme and is set in Paris in the 1830s where a young poet, Rodolfo, falls in love with a seamstress, Mimi.
Backed by the Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, Puccini's masterpiece is based on Henri Murger's novel Scenes de la vie de boheme.
Puccini's masterpiece, La Boheme, is based on Henri Murger's novel Scenes de la vie de boheme.
Meanwhile, La Boheme, based on Henri Murger's novel Scenes de la vie de boheme, focuses on the love between seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo.
Many pieces set in pre-1945 Paris, like that on Henri Murger's Scenes de la vie de Boheme, address in a revealing fashion the ways literature and life construct one another.
Which Puccini opera is based on Scnes de la vie de bohme by Henri Murger? 10.
Similarly, the conflicts with Puccini (over Leoncavallo's contribution to the libretto for Manon Lescaut and the rights to Henri Murger's La vie de boheme, for instance) are poorly documented.
He corresponded with the critic Theophile Gautier, socialized with Baudelaire, Henri Murger, and other makers and shakers and offered his work to the Salon; acceptance boosted sales.