Fleurs du Mal

Fleurs du Mal

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When Flowers of Evil was first published in 1857, the book almost immediately became the subject of an obscenity trial, and for several generations afterward its themes of eroticism, lesbianism, revolt and decay earned the author a reputation for depravity and morbidity. It was not until 1949 that the French courts removed the ban originally imposed on Baudelaire's masterpiece. Today, Flowers of Evil is regarded as the poet's greatest work and perhaps the most influential book of French poetry ever written. In assessing Baudelaire's importance in literature, Wallace Fowlie, distinguished scholar, critic and Baudelaire specialist, describes him as "the poet and thinker of our age, of what we like to call modernity." This handsome dual-language edition combines Flowers of Evil with a selection of the poet's other significant compositions, including prose poems from Spleen of Paris, a poignant collection reflecting Baudelaire's pessimism towards the teeming city and his compassion for its less successful inhabitants. Readers will also find critical essays on art, music and literature, including a discussion of Edgar Allan Poe's poetry; and Baudelaire's personal letters to his mother and female acquaintances. Edited and translated by Professor Fowlie, this authoritative edition contains excellent line-by-line English translations with the original French text on the facing pages. Students of French language and literature as well as poetry lovers with some knowledge of French will welcome this volume by one of the greatest European poets of the 19th century.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 16mm | 322.05g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English, French
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486270920
  • 9780486270920
  • 102,173

Table of contents

Introduction Les Fleurs du Mal / Flowers of EviI   Au lecteur / To the Reader   Bénédiction / The Blessing   L'Albatros / The Albatross   Elévation / Elevation   Correspondances / Correspondences   Les Phares / Beacons   L'Ennemi / The Enemy   Le Guignon / III Luck   La Vie Antérieure / Former Life   L'Homme et la Mer / Man and the Sea   Don Juan aux Enfers / Don Juan in Hell   La Beauté / Beauty   La Géante / The Giantess   Le Masque / The Mask   Hymne à la Beauté / Hymn to Beauty   La Chevelure / Her Hair   "Je t'adore à l'égal" / "I Worship You" "   Une Charogne / A Carrion   De profundis clamavi / De Profundis Clamavi   Duellum / Duellum   Le Balcon / The Balcony   "Je te donne ces vers"/"Give You These Verses" "   Semper Eadem / Semper Eadem   "Que diras-tu?" / 'What Will You Say?" "   L'Aube spirituelle / Dawn of the Spirit   Harmonie du Soir / Evening Harmony   L'Invitation au Voyage / An Invitation to Voyage   L'Irréparable / Irreparable   Chant d'Automne / Song of Autumn   Moesta et Errabunda / Moesta et Errabunda   Les Chats / Cats   La Cloche fêlée / The Broken Bell   Spleen / Spleen   L 'Héautontimorouménos / Heautontimoroumenos   L'Irrémédiable / The Irremediable   Le Cygne / The Swan   "La servante au grand coeur" / The Warm-Hearted Servant" "   Rêve parisien / Parisian Dream   Le Crépuscule du Matin / Morning Twilight   La Destruction / Destruction   Une Martyre / A Martyr   Un Voyage à Cythère / A Voyage to Cytnera   La Mort des Amants / Death of the Lovers   La Mort des Artistes / Death of the Artists   Le Voyage / The Voyage   Lesbos / Lesbos   Le Jet d'Eau / The Fountain   A une Malabaraise / To a Malabar Girl   Epigraphe pour un livre condamné / Epigraph for a Condemned Book   Recueillement / Meditation   Le Gouffre / The Abyss   Les Plaintes d'un Icare / Complaints of an Icarus Le Spleen de Paris / Spleen of Paris   L'Étranger / The Stranger   Le Confiteor de l'Artiste / The Artist's Confiteor   Le Chambre double / The Double Room   Chacun sa Chimère / Each of Us Has His Chimera   Le Mauvais Vitrier / The Wicked Maker of Window Glass   Les Foules / Crowds   Le Vieux Saltimbanque / The Old Clown   Le Joujou du Pauvre / The Poor Boy's Toy   La Corde / The Rope   Le Thyrse / The Thyrsus   Enivrez-vous / Intoxication   Le Miroir / The Mirror   Le Port / The Harbor   Any Where Out of the World / Any Where Out of the World Curiosités Esthétiques / Critical Writings   A quoi bon la critique? / What Is the Use of Criticism?   Qu'est-ce que le romantisme? / What Is Romanticism?   Du chic et du poncif / On the Chic and the Poncif   De l'Héroïsme de la Vie moderne / On the Heroism of Modern Life   L'Art mnémonique / Mnemonic Art   Le Dandy / The Dandy   Eloge du Maquillage / ln Praise of Make-Up Critique d' Art / Art Criticism   L'Oeuvre et la Vie d'Eugène Delacroix / The Work and the Life of Eugène Delacroix Critique Musicale / Music Criticism Richard Wagner et Tannhäuser à Paris / Richard Wagner and Tannhäuser in Paris Critique Littéraire / Literary Criticism   Pétrus Borel (L'Art Romantique) / Pétrus Borel (Romantic Art)   "Edgar Poe: sa vie, ses oeuvres / Edgar Poe: His Life and Works " Mon coeur mis à nu / My Heart Laid Bare Lettres / Letters   à Madame Marie Daubrun / To Madame Marie Daubrun   à Madame Aupick / To Madame Aupick   à Madame Sabatier / Ta Madame Sabatier Notes Glossary Bibliographyshow more

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