In Une belle journée (1881), Henry Céard, through the deliberate reduction of the traditional elements of the novel to total banality turns away from Zola's naturalism and uses techniques resembling those of modern novelists.
The musical imagery of Verlaine's poetry and the numerous musical settings of his poems arouse our curiosity as to his own musical tastes and talents his relationships with composers and his possible endorsement of the well know
Gérard de Nerval's Sylvie is a study in the romanesque. It is structured on the principle that literature corrupts one's innocent perception of the world by imposing a grid of literature over the eyes of the reader.
Jules Janin's friendship with Victor Hugo dates from the summer of 1830, when both met at a friend's house. The already famous poet and the rising drama critic of the Journal des Débats had found each other congenial.