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One of the world's most influential poets, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) is remembered as much for his volatile personality and tumultuous life as he is for his writings, almost all of which he produced before the age of twenty. Paul Schmidt's acclaimed collection brings together his complete poetry, prose, and letters, including "The Drunken Boat," "The Orphans' New Year," "After the Flood," and "A Season in Hell." Complete Works is divided into eight "seasons"—Childhood, the Open Road, War, the Tormented Heart, the Visionary, the Damned Soul, a Few Belated Cowardices, and the Man with the Wind at His Heels—that reflect the facets of Rimbaud's life. Insightful commentary by Schmidt reveals the courage, vision, and imagination of Rimbaud's poetry and sheds light on one of the most enigmatic figures in letters.
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About the Author
Paul Schmidt was, in addition to a translator, a playwright, actor, and author of two books of poetry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've always appreciated the writings of Arthur Rimbaud, but whether in the original French or in tanslation, I've often thrown up my hands at trying to understand his writing. This new translation makes him much more accessible. It is still a challenge reap the full significance of what he writes in some of the prose and poems here. Paul Schmidt has listened to Rimbaud and, in this book, performs the drama of Rimbaud's life in words and phrasing that speak dramatically and intelligibly.
The translation was the first I have read and the one I really like. The poem 'Romance' is wonderful in this book.