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A Season in Hell & Other Poems

A Season in Hell & Other Poems

by Arthur Rimbaud
     
 

A Season in Hell is one of the great works of modern literature. It is published here in a bilingual edition together with many of the verse poems which Rimbaud wrote between March 1870 and August 1872. A Season in Hell was Rimbaud's literary testament, his apology and a contribution to the mythology of his time.
 
Norman Cameron (1905

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A Season in Hell is one of the great works of modern literature. It is published here in a bilingual edition together with many of the verse poems which Rimbaud wrote between March 1870 and August 1872. A Season in Hell was Rimbaud's literary testament, his apology and a contribution to the mythology of his time.
 
Norman Cameron (1905-53) was born in India and educated at Fettes College and Oriel College, Cambridge. He worked as a superintendent of Education in Nigeria, before becoming an advertising copywriter in London. During the 1930s he was a frequent contributor to Geoffrey Grigson's New Verse.
 
He was awarded an MBE for his propaganda work during the war, and served with British forces in Austria until 1947, when he returned to London and advertising. In addition to his translations of Rimbaud, he published several collections of poetry including The Winter House (1935) and Work in Hand (1942). His Collected Poems (edited by Warren Hope and Jonathan Barker) was published by Anvil in 1990.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

As a wild, drug-taking teen in the 1870s, Rimbaud helped engender modern poetry. This dizzying, brilliant, blasphemous last book of mostly prose poems explores his angers, gratitudes and regrets about the visions and erotic transports celebrated in earlier poems. Revell (Pennyweight Windows) is just the right kind of poet to bring something new to this familiar work; his own recent verse reflects religious visions, and he has translated Rimbaud's successor, Apollinaire. Rimbaud's verve, fascination with the forbidden, and the self-loathing that led him to give up poetry altogether come across with a confident swagger in Revell's wiry syntax. "I dance... hand-in-hand with hags and children," Rimbaud says. Sometimes Revell modernizes ("Copyright remains with me"); elsewhere he courts controversy (for the much-quoted "Il faut etre absolument moderne," Revell gives "I must"—not "One must"—"be absolutely modern"). Yet Revell's method fits Rimbaud's near-madness: the translation shows, and Revell's afterword explains, how this hallucinatory modernism jump-starts an Anglo-American tradition that leads from Blake to the present day. This is an inspired new version of a strange, harsh classic. (Apr.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780856462207
Publisher:
Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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One of the most important modern European poets, Rimbaud was born in 1854 and wrote all his poetry before he had reached the age of 20. He then embarked on a somewhat peripatetic existence before cancer of the leg ended his life in 1891, aged just 37.

Norman Cameron (1905-1953) was born in India and educated at Fettes College and Oriel College, Cambridge. His Collected Poems was published by Anvil in 1990.

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