The Flowers of Evil: AND Paris Spleen

The Flowers of Evil: AND Paris Spleen

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Sex and death, rebellion, corruption -- the themes of Charles Baudelaire's sensual poems sparked outrage upon their 1857 debut. His masterpiece, Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal), was dismissed as decadent and obscene and banned in France for nearly a century. Although Baudelaire died in obscurity, today he is recognized as one of the nineteenth century's greatest and most influential poets, whose works were ahead of their time. This unique collection captures the fevered spirit of the transition from Romanticism to Modernism with authoritative interpretations of fifty-one poems from Flowers of Evil. In addition, fourteen prose poems from the posthumously published Paris Spleen offer poignant reflections on the city and its humbler denizens. Noted scholar Wallace Fowlie provides definitive translations of these verses.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 129.54 x 203.2 x 7.62mm | 90.72g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English, French
  • Green ed.
  • 048647545X
  • 9780486475455
  • 41,379

About Charles Baudelaire

Poet, critic, and translator Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) was deeply affected by Gothic novels and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. A leading figure of the Decadent movement, he exercised enormous influence over subsequent poets and authors, including Rimbaud, Proust, and Eliot. He published his first and most famous book of poems, Flowers of Evil, at the age of 36 and died less than a decade later, after a life shadowed by debt, drug abuse, and disease. Translator Walter Fowlie was the James Duke Professor of French at Duke University.show more

Table of contents

The Flowers of Evil   To the Reader   The Blessing   The Albatross   Elevation   Correspondences   Beacons   The Enemy   Ill Luck   Former Life   Man and the Sea   Don Juan in Hell   Beauty   The Giantess   The Mask   Hymn to Beauty   Her Hair   "I Worship You"   A Carrion   De Profundis Clamavi   Duellum   The Balcony   "I Give You These Verses"   Semper Eadem   "What Will You Say?"   Dawn of the Spirit   Evening Harmony   An Invitation to Voyage   Irreparable   Song of Autumn   Moesta et Errabunda   Cats   The Broken Bell   Spleen   Heautontimoroumenos   The Irremediable   The Swan   "The Warm-Hearted Servant"   Parisian Dream   Morning Twilight   Destruction   A Martyr   A Voyage to Cythera   Death of the Lovers   Death of the Artists   The Voyage   Lesbos   The Fountain   To a Malabar Girl   Epigraph for a Condemned Book   Meditation   The Abyss   Complaints of an IcarusParis Spleen   The Stranger   The Artist's Confiteor   The Double Room   Each of Us Has His Chimera   The Wicked Maker of Window Glass   Crowds   The Old Clown   The Poor Boy's Toy   The Rope   The Thyrsus   Intoxication   The Mirror   The Harbor   Any Where Out of the WorldAlphabetical List of TitlesAlphabetical List of First Lines  show more

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