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Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal)

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Charles Pierre Baudelaire (April 9, 1821 - August 31, 1867) was a French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stephane Mallarme among many others. He is ...
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Charles Pierre Baudelaire (April 9, 1821 - August 31, 1867) was a French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stephane Mallarme among many others. He is credited with coining the term "modernity" (modernite) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781434441607
  • Publisher: Wildside Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 66
  • Sales rank: 920,678
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Fantastic!

    I've been studying French for a while and I really wanted to find a copy of The Flowers of Evil that had the original French text. I love that this copy has not only that, but it parallels it with English text to make comprehension that much easier. It also has plenty of notes that explain a lot of Charles Baudelaire's hidden meanings in his writing which I found extremely enlightening, as well as a biography on the man himself. It's a fantastic version, and I'm more than happy with my purchase and will definitely check out the Oxford World Classics series again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2002

    greenish verse, like summer sleepiness

    "Now is the time to get absolutely drunk! On wine, on virtue, on whatever you may please." -Baudelaire. read it and believe that God has a darkside that is beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    Read,Read,Read!!!

    This was such an excellent book it blew me away!!! The way he put his thoughts into words was incredible. A must read book. I give it 10 on 10!!!

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Almost Perfect

    Good English renderings that sing. I have an older Heritage Press collection with some of the same translations (Millay, Squire), but this collection boasts more recent poets like Fitzgerald, Kunitz, Wilbur, and Huxley. I still like the older collection: it's a little more archaic and therefore more Gothic, but these fresher translations do leap and soar and claw their ways out of the pages, too.

    This is the only edition I've found that includes Baudelaire's prefaces. They alone make this book a must-have.

    As with all ND books, this one is of archival paper, as God (or Satan Trismegistus) intended.

    It's too bad there are no end notes. Otherwise, this might be a perfect scholarly (and portable) edition of the Flowers.

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