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|Prosper Mérimée (18031870)|
|Mérimée, Prosper (mā-rē-mā'). A celebrated French essayist and littérateur; born at Paris, Sept. 28, 1803; died at Cannes, Sept. 23, 1870. His best-known works were the two novels Colomba (1830), treating of the Corsican vendetta; and Carmen (1840), which furnished the plot of Bizets opera of the same name. He wrote besides: Plays of Clara Gazul (1825); Historic Monuments (1843); Historic and Literary Medleys (1855), a collection of comedies in the style of the Spanish intermezzo; Guzla (1827), a collection of Illyrian lyrics; Mateo Falcone, a novel; Letters to an Unknown (Lettres à Une Inconnue: 1873); etc. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).|