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Cover of: The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire


  • Cover Design
    Owen Scott
  • Editor
    Jackson Mathews
  • Editor
    Marthiel Mathews

The Flowers of Evil
A Selction

Published by New Directions in New York, USA .
Written in English, French.

About the Book

Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, which in successive editions contained all of his published poems, has for over a hundred years now 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 modern poet, and his direct and indirect influence on the literature of our time has been immeasurable.

Here in this volume are selections from Les Fleurs du Mal as chosen by Marthiel and Jackson Mathews from their complete bilingual edition published by New Directions in 1955 — “undoubtedly the best single collection of Baudelaire’s verse in English” (St. Louis Post Dispatch).

Flowers of Evil: A Selection contains fifty-three poems which the Mathews feel best represent the total work and which have been most successfully rendered into English. The French texts as established by Yves Gerard Le Dantec for the Pleiade edition are printed en face. Included are Baudelaire’s “Three Drafts of a Preface” and brief notes on the nineteen translators whose works is represented.
--back cover

Table of Contents

Foreword viii
"Three Drafts of a Preface" by Charles Baudelaire xi
To the Reader 3
The Blessing 5
Beacons 11
A Former Life 15
Don Juan in Hell 17
The Punishment of Pride 19
Giantess 21
Jewels 23
The Mask 25
Hymn to Beauty 29
The Dancing Serpent 31
De Profundis Clamavi 33
Lethe 35
Remorse of the Dead 37
Thc Balcony 39
Reversibility 41
Thc Confession 43
The Flask 47
The Cat 49
Invitation to the Voyage 53
Conversation 57
The Sadness of the Moon 57
The Owls 59
The Gladly Dead 61
Spleen: Old Pluvius, month of rains 63
Spleen: When the low heavy sky. . . 63
Obsession 65
Heautontimoroumenos 67
The Irremediable 69
The Clock 73
A Landscape 75
Thc Sun 77
The Swan 79
Thc Seven Old Men 83
The Little Old Women 89
The Skeleton Laborer 95
Comes the Charming Evening 97
The Gaming Table 101
Parisian Dream 103
Morning Twilight 107
The Martyr 109
Lesbians 115
An Allegory 123
Abel and Cain 125
Litany to Satan 127
Thc Voyage 133
The Rebel 147
The Abyss 147
The Moon Offended 149
The Unforseen Meditation 155
A Madrigal of Sorrow 157
What a Pair of Eyes Can Promice 161
Notes on the translators 163
Index of translators 167

Edition Notes

A New Directions Paperbook

English and French.
Errata slip inserted.

Copyright Date 1955
Translation Of Les Fleurs du Mal
Translated From French


Dewey Decimal Class 841.8
Library of Congress PQ2191.F6 E47 1958

The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Pagination xvii, 168p.
Number of pages 168

ID Numbers

Open Library OL6156003M
Internet Archive flowersofevil00baud
LC Control Number 58009276
Library Thing 89278
Goodreads 36373020



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