Rimbaud Complete, Volume 1

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Modern Library, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 601 pages
Enduring icon of creativity, authenticity, and rebellion, and the subject of numerous new biographies, Arthur Rimbaud is one of the most repeatedly scrutinized literary figures of the last half-century. Yet almost thirty years have elapsed without a major new translation of his writings. Remedying this state of affairs is Rimbaud Complete, the first and only truly complete edition of Rimbaud’s work in English, translated, edited, and introduced by Wyatt Mason.

Mason draws on a century of Rimbaud scholarship to choreograph a superbly clear-eyed presentation of the poet’s works. He arranges Rimbaud’s writing chronologically, based on the latest manuscript evidence, so readers can experience the famously teenaged poet’s rapid evolution, from the lyricism of “Sensation” to the groundbreaking early modernism of A Season in Hell.

In fifty pages of previously untranslated material, including award-winning early verses, all the fragmentary poems, a fascinating early draft of A Season in Hell, a school notebook, and multiple manuscript versions of the important poem “O saisons, ô chateaux,” Rimbaud Complete displays facets of the poet unknown to American readers. And in his Introduction, Mason revisits the Rimbaud myth, addresses the state of disarray in which the poet left his work, and illuminates the intricacies of the translator’s art.

Mason has harnessed the precision and power of the poet’s rapidly changing voice: from the delicate music of a poem such as “Crows” to the mature dissonance of the Illuminations, Rimbaud Complete unveils this essential poet for a new generation of readers.
 

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Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) was a French poet who experimented with many verse structures at an early age. Always interested in the theme of liberty, Rimbaud’s work challenged the boundaries of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
xxvii
A Note to the Reader
xlv
SENSATION
11
DEAD OF NINETYTwo AND NINETYTHREE
27
A SLEEPER IN THE WALLEY
37
EVIL
50
POETS AGE SEVEN
65
ON THE SUBJECT of FLOWERS REMARKS ADDRESSED TO THE POET
78
YOUTH
260
PROMONTORY
262
DEVOTION
263
DEMOCRACY
264
STAGES
265
HISTORIC EVENING
266
BOTTOM
267
IT WAS SPRING
277

JEANNEMARIEs HANDs
92
CUSTOMS MEN
100
PATIENCE CELEBRATED
113
IN APRIL LISTEN
126
SONNET TO AN ASSIOI E
135
ON SUMMER NIGHTS
148
LONG AGO IF MY MEMORY SERVES
195
THE IMPOSSIBLE
215
SiDESHow
228
UNTITLED FRAGMENTS
238
WORKERS
239
BRIDGES
240
CITY
241
RUTS 242
242
CITIEs I
243
VAGABONDS
244
CITIES II
245
VIGILS
247
MYSTIC
248
DAWN
249
FLOWERS
250
COMMON NOCTURNE
251
SEASCAPE
252
WINTER CELEBRATED
253
ANGUISH
254
METROPOLITAN
255
BARBARIAN
256
FAIRY
257
WAR
258
ADWT
259
A VERY BIG BABY WAS BORN
283
IN THOSE DAYS
289
INVOCATION TO VENUS
295
A VIA RIMBAUD
325
VIA ERNEST DELAHAYE
331
E VIA PARNOULTAND JEAN RICHEPIN
337
FROM BAD BLOOD
343
GOLDEN AGE
350
LETTER TO THEODORE DE BANVILLE MAY 24 1870
363
CFuvres Completes
376
MORTS DE QUATREVINGTDouz
389
LES EFFARÉS
390
MA BOHÈME FANTAISIE
403
LES SOEURS DE CHARITÉ
416
LE BATEAU IVRE
426
1872
439
PLATESBANDEs DAMARANTES
451
RESSOUVENIR
465
P R O S F
468
NUIT DE LENFER
490
ENFANCE
504
BEING BEAUTEOUS
507
JEUNESSE
520
OLIM INFLATUs
534
A FRAGMENTS DE RIMBAUD
557
B RECONSTITUTIONS PAR VERLAINE
559
ÄGE Dor
568
Index of Titles and First Lines English
583
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Wyatt Mason has translated five books by Pierre Michon, including The Origin of the World and Masters and Servants, a finalist for the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. He is at work on translations of Dante's La Vita Nuova and Rimbaud's letters, both for the Modern Library. His writing has appeared in Harper's, The Nation, and other publications.

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