Alfred de Musset

1810 (Paris) – 1857 (Paris)

Musset’s literary reputation ebbs and flows. He started frequenting Nodier’s salon aged 17 or 18, getting to know its regulars Vigny, Sainte-Beuve, Hugo and Lamartine; the first two especially became good friends. A regular visitor also to Hugo’s, (where he met Mérimée among others), he refused to adulate him, and remained strongly aware of the debt the writers in the Nodier/Hugo circle owed Nodier. Chopin and Murger were friends, he greatly liked Stendhal, and Delacroix dined regularly with him. He had an affair with Sand (whom he introduced to Liszt), ending when she fell for his doctor.