My idea for this nightmare came from the life of the poet of Jacques Hétu’s Clairtés de la nuit. Émile Nélligan had his first book of poetry published at the age of 16. Shortly after the publication, Nelligan was committed to an insane asylum having been diagnosed with dementia praecox (what is now known as schizophrenia).
However, there are many scholars who believe that he was institutionalized for his homosexuality, and developed a personality disorder due to his cruel treatment in the facility. Nelligan died in the asylum at the age of 61, likely never knowing how celebrated his poetry became.