Musset Alfred 1810 - 1857 (47)
Alfred de Musset (11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist He was born in Paris, France and at the age of seventeen, in 1827, he recieved first place in an open competition of French essay, vowing to dedicate himself to the theatre. Two years later, he published his first poetic collection, which received much praise, and made him an immediate success.
In 1833, Musset began a brief relationship with novelist George Sand, and the pair fled to Venice, Italy, where Musset soon became taken with illness and supposed madness. He spent weeks in bed, and began to have a series of rather vivid hallucinations. Between the years of 1834 and 1839, Musset continued to publish volumes of poetry. In 1836, he published an autobiographical novel: (The Confession of a Child of the Century). In 1839, his health began to wane, and he started to sink deeper into a depressive state. In 1852, Musset met Louise Colet, and they shared a short lived romance. Colet published the novel Lui, which used their romance as it's framework.
Alfred de Musset died on May 2, 1857 in Paris. Few turned out for his funeral, and he is buried, according to his wishes, in the shade of a willow tree.