Nouveau, Germain Marie

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Nouveau, Germain Marie Gender: M
born on 31 July 1851 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Pourrières, France, 43n3012, 5e44
Timezone LMT m5e44 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 07°32' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 16°27 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 06°30'

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Germain Marie Nouveau


French poet associated with the symbolist movement.

In Paris in 1872 he published his first poem, "Sonnet of Summer," and he discovered the work of poets Verlaine and Rimbaud. At the end of 1873, he met Rimbaud in person, and together they went to England in March, 1874. He lived with Rimbaud in London at 178 Stamford Street before returning to Paris alone three months later.

Nouveau travelled to Belgium and the Netherlands, and in 1875 in Brussels he received from Verlaine the manuscript of Rimbaud's Illuminations. He returned to London where he met Verlaine, who became a long-time friend. In 1878, Nouveau contributed to the French periodicals Le Gaulois and Le Figaro under the pseudonym Jean de Noves (one of many noms de plume he used), before travelling to Beirut in 1883. When he returned home, he taught in a lycee in Paris before being struck by a mysterious mental illness in 1891 and spending several months in a mental hospital.

After his mental breakdown, Nouveau voluntarily embarked upon a life of poverty, modelling himself after Saint Benoit Labre. He travelled to Rome and made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela before returning to the village of his birth in 1911, where he died on 4 April 1920.

He had a substantial influence on the Surrealists, and critics such as Louis Aragon have called him "not a minor poet but a great poet...equal to Rimbaud."

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Gauquelin vol 6


  • Vocation : Writers : Poet