Baudelaire's World

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Cornell University Press, 2002 - 248 pages
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Charles Baudelaire is often regarded as the founder of modernist poetry. Written with clarity and verve, Baudelaire's World provides English-language readers with the biographical, historical, and cultural contexts that will lead to a fuller understanding and enjoyment of the great French poet's work.Rosemary Lloyd considers all of Baudelaire's writing, including his criticism, theory, and letters, as well as poetry. In doing so, she sets the poems themselves in a richer context, in a landscape of real places populated with actual people. She shows how Baudelaire's poetry was marked by the influence of the writers and artists who preceded him or were his contemporaries. Lloyd builds an image of Baudelaire's world around major themes of his writing--childhood, women, reading, the city, dreams, art, nature, death. Throughout, she finds that his words and themes echo the historical and physical realities of life in mid-nineteenth-century Paris. Lloyd also explores the possibilities and limitations of translation. As an integral part of her treatment of the life, poetry, and letters of her subject, she also reflects on published translations of Baudelaire's work and offers some of her own translations.

 

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Though Charles Baudelaire published only a single volume of poetry, The Flowers of Evil, his use of symbolism and his poetic style were among the most influential of his generation; in fact, he is ... Read full review

Contents

To the Reader
1
The Palimpsest of Memory
10
Genius Is Childhood Recovered at Will
33
An Evocative Magic
52
Anywhere Out of the World
68
Mundus Muliebris The World of Women
92
Talking to Friends
114
City of Dreams
138
The Art of Transposition
188
The Old Captain Death
209
The Tip of the Iceberg
227
Bibliography of Translations
237
Selected Bibliography
239
Index of Works by Baudelaire
243
General Index
245
Copyright

Nature the Pitiless Enchantress
165

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Rosemary Lloyd is Rudy Professor of French and Professor of Gender Studies and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Indiana University-Bloomington. She is the author, editor, and translator of several books, including Shimmering in a Transformed Light: Writing the Still Life, Mallarmé: The Poet and His Circle, and Closer and Closer Apart: Jealousy in Literature, all from Cornell.

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