Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, which in successive editions contained all of his published poems, has opened new vistas for man's imagination and quickened the sensibilities of poets everywhere.
The greatest French poet of the 19th century, Baudelaire was also the first truly modem poet, and his direct and indirect influence on the literature of our time has been immeasurable.
Flowers of Evil: A Selection contains 53 poems which the editors feel best represent the total work and which. in their opinion, have been most successfully rendered into English. The French texts as established by Yves Gérard Le Dantec for the Pléiade edition are printed en face. Included are Baudelaire's "Three Drafts of a Preface" and brief notes on the nineteen translators whose work is represented.
About the Author
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.
Marthiel Mathews was an American poet, translator of French poetry, and academic.
Jackson Mathews was an American scholar, poet, and translator of French poetry.
Christopher Mattison has translated and edited numerous works from Russian and Chinese to English. In 2010 he moved to Hong Kong where he is the Director of the Sustainability of Memory and Artifacts (SOMA) Project at City University of Hong Kong.
He possessed, as it were, a profound intuition of the obstinate, amorphous contingency which is life... — Jean-Paul Sartre
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