Paris Spleen, and la Fanfarlo

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Overview

Paris Spleen, a diverse collection of fifty prose poems, is provided here in a clear, engaging, and accurate translation that conveys the lyricism and nuance of the original French text. Also included is a translation of Baudelaire's early novella, La Fanfarlo, which, alongside Paris Spleen, sheds light on the development of Baudelaire's work over time.

Raymond N. MacKenzie's introductory essay discusses Baudelaire's life and the literary climate in which he lived and worked. Focusing on the theory of the prose poem, MacKenzie suggests that Baudelaire turned to this form for both aesthetic and ethical reasons, and because the form allowed him to explore more fully the complexities of the modern, urban, human condition. By turns comic, somber, satiric, and self-questioning, Paris Spleen is one of the nineteenth century's richest masterpieces.

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Mary Ann Caws
This fine translation of Paris Spleen and La Fanfarlo is welcome, especially with the good introduction, crucial for understanding Paris Spleen, as are the notes. In my view, all of us can do with all the understanding we can manage, and it is wonderfully aided in this presentation. (Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature, Graduate School, CUNY)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872209480
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond N. MacKenzie is Professor of English, University of St. Thomas. Among his recent works is a translation of François Mauriac's Thérèse Desqueyroux (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

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