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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 15mm | 323g
  • New York, United States
  • English, French
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486270920
  • 9780486270920
  • 107,881

Table of contents

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
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