"Released in the Critical Lives series, this is the best book to date on Mallarmé. Pearson adroitly integrates Mallarmé's life and works (poetry, prose, journalism, interviews, and miscellaneous social verses).Writing with a verve that mimics Mallarmé's without being precious, Pearson inserts definitions, which a specialist is likely to know, without being patronizing. . . . Recommended."
Roger Pearson is professor of French at the University of Oxford. His publications include Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art and Mallarmé and Circumstance: The Translation of Silence. He is also the author of Voltaire Almighty, which was short-listed for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography.