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Parisian Prowler Le Spleen de Paris, Petits Po�mes en Prose

ISBN-10: 0820318795
ISBN-13: 9780820318790
Edition: 2nd 1997
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $22.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 154
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

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 melange of reactions, these fifty "fables of modern life" take us on various tours led by a flaneur, an incognito stroller.Through day and night, in gleaming cafes 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 Prowleris an essential companion toLes Fleurs du Maland 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.

Charles Baudelaire, 1821 - 1867 Charles Baudelaire had perhaps had an immeasurable impact on modern poetry. He was born on April 9, 1821, to Joseph-Francois Baudelaire and Caroline Archimbaut Dufays in Paris. He was educated first at a military boarding school and then the College Louis-le-Grand, where he was later expelled in 1839. Baudelaire then began to study law, at the Ecole de Droit in Paris, but devoted most of his time to debauchery. After an abortive trip to the East, he settled in Paris and lived on an inheritance from his much despised step father, while he wrote poetry. During this period he met Jeanne Duval, a mulatto with whom he fell in love with and who became the "Black Venus," the muse behind some of his most powerful erotic verse. Baudelaire strove to portray sensual experiences and moods through complex imagery and classical form, avoiding sentimentality and objective description. Thus he profoundly influenced the later French symbolist writers, including Mallarme and Rimbaud, and such English-language poets as Yeats, Eliot, and Stevens. With much of his inheritance squandered, Baudelaire turned to journalism, especially art and literary criticism, the first of which were "Les Salons". Here he discovered the work of Edgar Allan Poe, which became an influence on his own poetry. While continuing to write unpublished verse, Baudelaire became famous as critic and translator of Poe. This reputation enabled Baudelaire to publish his most famous collection of poetry, "Les Fleurs du Mal" (The Flowers of Evil) in 1857. The result was an obscenity trial and the banning of six of the poems. Though he continued to write journalism with some success, he became increasingly depressed and pessimistic. Baudelaire attempted suicide in 1845, an attempt to get attention, and became minorly involved in the French Revolution. Today Baudelaire's work is considered the "last brilliant summation of romanticism, precursor of symbolism and the first expression of modern techniques". It was his originality that set him apart and ultimately proved to be his end. Baudelaire died, apparently from complications of syphilis, on August 31, 1867, in Paris.

Preface
Introduction: Baudelaire's Neglected Masterpiece
The Stranger
The Old Woman's Despair
The Artist's Confiteor
A Joker
The Double Room
To Each His Chimera
The Fool and the Venus
The Dog and the Scent-Bottle
The Bad Glazier
At One O'Clock in the Morning
The Wild Woman and the Affected Coquette
Crowds
Widows
The Old Acrobat
The Cake
The Clock
A Hemisphere in Tresses
Invitation to the Voyage
The Pauper's Toy
The Fairies' Gifts
The Temptations, or Eros, Plutus, and Fame
Twilight
Solitude
Plans
Beautiful Dorothy
The Eyes of the Poor
A Heroic Death
The Counterfeit Coin
The Generous Gambler
The Rope
Vocations
The Thyrsus
Get High
Already!
Windows
The Desire to Paint
The Moon's Benefits
Which Is the True One?
A Thoroughbred
The Mirror
The Harbor
Portraits of Mistresses
The Gallant Marksman
The Soup and the Clouds
The Shooting Range and the Cemetery
Loss of Halo
Miss Scalpel
N'Importe Ou Hors do Monde. Any Where Out of the World
Let's Beat Up the Poor!
The Good Dogs
Appendix: Preface to La Presse, 1862
Notes
Illustration Credits

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