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Immediately after the publication of Les Fleurs du Mal in 1857, Baudelaire was prosecuted and found guilty of obscenity and blasphemy. Today, Les Fleurs du Mal is considered by many to be the most important and influential poetry collection published in Europe in the 19th century.
For Baudelaire, love was the essence of the forbidden, and he saw the individual as a divided being, drawn equally towards good and evil, the ideal and the sensual. His originality sets him apart from the dominant literary schools of his time and his poetry is regarded as the last brilliant summation of Romanticism, the precursor of Symbolism, and the first expression of Modernity.
This volume brings together, for the first time, Les Fleurs du Mal and the original etchings by Odilon Redon inspired by the text. These wonderful examples of the work of Odilon Redon, the greatest of the French Symbolists, depict the world of fantasy, which he believed few dared to envision.
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Baudelaire's intention from an early age was to live by writing, but under pressure from his family enrolled as a law student in 1840. He never finished his studies and while living on his inheritance from his father he fell prey to cheats and moneylenders, thus laying the foundation for an accumulation of debt that would cripple him for the rest of his life. In September 1844 his family imposed upon him a legal arrangement that restricted his access to his inheritance and effectively made of him a legal minor and led him to still greater emotional and financial dependence on his mother and exacerbated his growing dislike of his stepfather. The remaining years of Baudelaire's life were darkened by hopelessness and financial difficulties. The agonizing moods of isolation and despair that Baudelaire had known in adolescence, and which he called his moods of "spleen," returned and became more frequent. He returned to Paris in 1864 from an extended stay in Brussels and stayed in a sanatorium. On August 31, 1867, suffering from aphasia and partial paralysis, he died quietly in his mother’s arms at the age of forty-six.
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Descrizione libro Whale & Star, 2006. Condizione libro: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP93245316