The Parisian Prowler: Le spleen de Paris: petits poèmes en prose / Edition 2

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From Edouard Manet to T. S. Eliot to Jim Morrison, the reach of Charles Baudelaire's influence is beyond estimation. In this prize-winning translation of his no-longer-neglected masterpiece, Baudelaire offers a singular view of 1850s Paris. Evoking a mélange of reactions, these fifty "fables of modern life" take us on various tours led by a flâneur, an incognito stroller.

Through day and night, in gleaming cafés and filthy side streets, this alienated yet compassionate esthete muses on the bizarre in the commonplace, the sublime in the mundane. As the work reveals a teeming metropolis on the eve of great change, we see a Paris as contradictory, surprising, and ultimately unknowable as our guide himself. Superbly complemented by twenty-one period illustrations by Delacroix, Callot, Manet, Whistler, Baudelaire himself, and others, The Parisian Prowler is an essential companion to Les Fleurs du Mal and other works by the father of modern poetry. In the preface to this edition, translator Edward K. Kaplan explains how the volume's illustrations act as a graphic subtext to the narrator's observations.

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"Anyone without French will find this a good introduction to Baudelaire's vision."--Washington Post
Library Journal
This collection of 50 prose poems, first published in 1862 as Le Spleen de Paris , is Baudelaire's attempt to describe the contradictions, fables, and fictions of city life in an innovative poetic prose. Kaplan's choice of title is indeed a good one, for though it was not the title of the original edition it is an expression often used by Baudelaire. Rendered in present-day English, the poems are restored to their original ``modernity,'' allowing the reader to appreciate Baudelaire's subtle moods and ambiguities. This annotated edition, illustrated with the works of Baudelaire's contemporaries (Daumier, Manet, and Whistler, to name just a few) succeeds in shaking the dust from two earlier translations (Arthur Symons's in 1905 and Louise Varese's in 1947) and brings to light Baudelaire's precocious contributions to modern thought.-- Danielle Mihram, Univ. of Southern California Lib.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820318790
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/1996
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 763,901
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward K. Kaplan, Kaiserman Professor in the Humanities at Brandeis University, teaches French and comparative literature and religious studies. He is the author of Baudelaire's Prose Poems: The Esthetic, the Ethical, and the Religious in The Parisian Prowler (Georgia). His translation of Baudelaire's Parisian Prowler (Georgia) is a winner of the Lewis Galantière Prize of the American Translators Association and a Choice Outstanding Academic Book.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Baudelaire's Neglected Masterpiece
1 The Stranger 1
2 The Old Woman's Despair 3
3 The Artist's Confiteor 4
4 A Joker 5
5 The Double Room 6
6 To Each His Chimera 9
7 The Fool and the Venus 11
8 The Dog and the Scent-Bottle 12
9 The Bad Glazier 13
10 At One O'Clock in the Morning 16
11 The Wild Woman and the Affected Coquette 18
12 Crowds 21
13 Widows 23
14 The Old Acrobat 27
15 The Cake 31
16 The Clock 34
17 A Hemisphere in Tresses 35
18 Invitation to the Voyage 37
19 The Pauper's Toy 40
20 The Fairies' Gifts 42
21 The Temptations, or Eros, Plutus, and Fame 45
22 Twilight 50
23 Solitude 52
24 Plans 55
25 Beautiful Dorothy 57
26 The Eyes of the Poor 60
27 A Heroic Death 63
28 The Counterfeit Coin 69
29 The Generous Gambler 71
30 The Rope 77
31 Vocations 81
32 The Thyrsus 86
33 Get High 89
34 Already! 90
35 Windows 93
36 The Desire to Paint 94
37 The Moon's Benefits 96
38 Which Is the True One? 98
39 A Thoroughbred 99
40 The Mirror 101
41 The Harbor 102
42 Portraits of Mistresses 103
43 The Gallant Marksman 109
44 The Soup and the Clouds 110
45 The Shooting Range and the Cemetery 111
46 Loss of Halo 113
47 Miss Scalpel 115
48 N'Importe Ou Hors do Monde. Any Where Out of the World 119
49 Let's Beat Up the Poor! 121
50 The Good Dogs 125
Appendix: Preface to La Presse, 1862 129
Notes 131
Illustration Credits 137
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