Borel, Petrus

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Petrus Borel, 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.