Baudelaire: Collected Essays, 1953-1988

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This book of linked essays contains the first critical study of Baudelaire's development as a poet, from his youth onward. It also includes studies of the development of Baudelaire's aesthetic, detailed commentaries on a number of his finest poems, and accounts of three intriguing and crucial "encounters" with notable contemporaries. Three of the essays are previously unpublished and four very recent; the other eleven have been thoroughly updated, revised, and, in some cases, substantially expanded. Together, they constitute a new and important contribution to the understanding and appreciation of Baudelaire's work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521323352
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in French Series, #30
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Forewords Eva Jacobs, Claude Pichois; Author's preface and acknowledgments; Part I. The Composition of Les Fleurs du Mal: 1. Pour une chronologie des Fleurs du Mal (1967; 1988); 2. Baudelaire-Cramer: les sens de Orfraies (1985); 3. Les Lesbiennes: A verse novel? (1988); 4. Les Limbes: 'The Agitations and Melancholies of Modern Youth' (1988); 5. Les Fleurs du Mal (1857–1865): The resuscitation of the 'pièces sacrifiées' (1988); 6. Poet - or 'architect'? (1966; 1988); Part II. Les Fleurs de Mal: Themes and Interpretations; 7. The amorous tribute (1968); 8. The originality of Le Cygne (1973); Part III. Les Fleurs du Mal: The Creative Process: 9. The Mortimer poems; 10. The Delacroix/Tasso Sonnet of 1844 (1988); 11. Harmonie du soir (1967); 12. Les sept versions des Sept Vieillards (in collaboration with Claude Pichois) (1973); Part IV. Baudelaire-Dufays: 13. Les Esthétiques de Baudelaire: le 'système' des années 1844–1847 (1967); 14. A philosophy of opportunism (1845–1846) (1965); Part V. Encounters: 15. Asselineau, Corot et Les Limbes (1973); 16. Fontainebleau and Denecourt (1968; 1988); 17. 'Un architecte songeur': H. E. Kendall (1956); Notes; Illustrations; F. W. Leakey: publications; Indexes.

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