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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I am impressed by the pieces of this marvelous prose!! - Goodreads
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This is the best so far. Beat up the Poor By Charles Baudelaire 'For two weeks I had shut myself up in my room, and I had surrounded myself with the books fashionable at that time (sixteen or ... Read full review

Contents

The Stranger
1
The Old Womans Despair
2
Artists Confiteor
3
A Wag
4
The Double Room
5
To Every Man His Chimera
8
Venus And The Motley Fool
10
The Dog And The ScentBottle
11
A Heroic Death
54
Counterfeit
58
The Generous Gambler
60
The Rope
64
Vocations
68
The Thyrsus
72
Get Drunk
74
Already
75

The Bad Glazier
12
One OClock In The Morning
15
The Wild Woman And The Fashionable Coquette
17
Crowds
20
Widows
22
The Old Clown
25
Cake
28
The Clock
30
A Hemisphere In Your Hair
31
LInvitation Au Voyage
32
The Poor Childs Toy
35
The Fairies Gifts
37
The Temptations or Eros Plutus And Fame
40
Evening Twilight
44
Solitude
46
Projects
48
The Beautiful Dorothea
50
The Eyes of The Poor
52
Windows
77
The Desire To Paint
78
The Moons Favors
79
Which Is The Real One?
81
A Thoroughbred
82
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
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.

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