Petrus Borel

Petrus Borel

Borel, Petrus, pseud. of Joseph-Pierre Borel D'Hauterive, 1809-59, French novelist, poet, and translator. Although trained as an architect, he soon turned to writing. Borel was the most extreme of the bousingos, a group of extravagant young romantic artists and writers. He loathed the bourgeoisie and believed in the hatred of men for each other. Among his works, whose aim was to shock, are Rhapsodies (1832) and Madame Putip-her (1839), both of which are horrifying and melodramic.
Petrus Borel, (26 June 1809 - 14 July 1859) was a French writer of the Romantic movement.

Born Joseph-Pierre Borel dHauterive at Lyon, the 12 of 14 children of an ironmonger, he studied architecture in Paris but abandoned it for literature. Nicknamed le Lycanthrope ("wolfman"), and the center of the circle of Bohemians in Paris, he was noted for extravagant and eccentric writing, foreshadowing Surrealism. He was not commercially successful though, and eventually was found a minor civil service post by his friends, including Theophile Gautier.

He died at Mostaganem in Algeria.

He was the subject of a biography by Enid Starkie, Petrus Borel: The Lycanthrope (1954) .


  • Rhapsodies (1831)
  • Champavert, contes immoraux (1833)
  • Andreas Vesalius the Anatomist (1833)
  • Madame Putiphar (1839)

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