Prosper Mérimée was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen. He was a first cousin of the physicist Augustin Fresnel
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Well-versed in European languages and an archaeologist by profession, Prosper Mérimée (1803-70) wrote stories and novellas which displayed his concern for historical accuracy and his fascination for foreign places.