The first of Zola's Rougon-Macquart novels introduces a number of themes recurring throughout the cycle, among them that of the relationship between sexual pathology and the striving for social reform The adolescent Sylvère, who
"Réminiscene," a late piece of Mallarmé's prose poem cycle, Anecdotes ou Poèmes of Divagations, constitutes a transformation of his early prose poem, "L'Orphelin." The young poet's obsessive theme of orphanhood has become in "Ré
As a young man Stendhal held views on literature that were neo-classical in orientation. From these orthodox views he derived the belief that the proper subject of literature is a person's internal life.