Arthur Rimbaud

Arthur Rimbaud

by A. S. Kline, Arthur Rimbaud

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BN ID: 2940159115461
Publisher: Poetry in Translation
Publication date: 03/22/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Arthur Rimbaud was born in Charleville, France in 1854, into a Catholic family, his father being a military officer. His literary talent was precocious and he produced most of his poetic work between the ages of seventeen and twenty, renouncing literature entirely by the age of twenty-one. In 1871 he left the provinces for Paris, having previously established contact with Paul Verlaine, the symbolist poet. Rimbaud and Verlaine developed a close but stormy relationship, fuelled by alcohol and hashish. In 1872, Rimbaud and Verlaine were in London, the latter having left his wife and son, but increasing bitterness lead Verlaine to return to Paris, and after a meeting in Brussels in 1873, in which a drunken Verlaine fired a shot at Rimbaud wounding him in the wrist, Rimbaud returned to Charleville where he wrote Une Saison en Enfer (a Season in Hell), and in 1874 travelled to London where he compiled, the series of poems comprising Les Illuminations.

Renouncing literature thereafter, he travelled widely between 1875 and 1880 in Europe, and voyaged to the East Indies, finally settling in Aden, Yemen. There, he worked for a French trading company until 1884 when he established himself as a trader on his own account, dealing primarily in Ethiopian coffee, and establishing strong relationships in Harar. In 1891 however he developed a bone cancer, which was misdiagnosed, that led to his return to France and eventual death at Marseilles in 1891 at the age of thirty-seven.

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