Paris Spleen, 1869

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New Directions Publishing, 1970 - Poetry - 118 pages
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Set in a modern, urban Paris, the prose pieces in this volume constitute a further exploration of the terrain Baudelaire had covered in his verse masterpiece, The Flowers of Evil: the city and its squalor and inequalities, the pressures of time and mortality, and the liberation provided by the sensual delights of intoxication, art, and women. Published posthumously in 1869, Paris Spleen was a landmark publication in the development of the genre of prose poetry—a format which Baudelaire saw as particularly suited for expressing the feelings of uncertainty, flux, and freedom of his age—and one of the founding texts of literary modernism.
 

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Contents

The Eyes of The Poor
52
A Heroic Death
54
Counterfeit
58
The Generous Gambler
60
The Rope
65
Vocations
68
The Thyrsus
72
Get Drunk
74
The Mirror
83
SeaPorts
84
Portraits of Mistresses
85
The Gallant Marksman
90
The Soup And The Clouds
91
The Shooting Gallery And The Cemetery
92
Loss Of A Halo
94
Miss Bistoury
95

Already
75
Windows
77
The Desire To Paint
78
The Moons Favors
79
Which Is The Real One?
81
A Thoroughbred
82
Any Where Out Of The World
99
Beat Up The Poor
101
The Faithful Dog
104
EPILOGUE
108
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Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) is most famous for his groundbreaking collection of verse The Flowers of Evil, but his essays, translations, and prose poems have been equally influential.

Louise Varèse was an American biographer and translator of French. She is known for her translations of Stendhal, Proust, Georges Simenon, Julien Gracq, St.-John Perse and Arthur Rimbaud.

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