Victor Brombert (essay date 1978)
SOURCE: Brombert, Victor. “Introduction: The Prison Dream.” In The Romantic Prison: The French Tradition, pp. 3-17. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1978.
[In the following essay, Brombert suggests reasons for the historical connection between authors and imprisonment. He finds the precursors for the nineteenth-century fascination with prison imagery in both eighteenth-century Gothic literature and the dramatic fall of the Bastille, which reverberated throughout Europe.]
The prisoner is a great dreamer.
… this eternal image of the cell, always...
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