A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat (Second Edition) 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition

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"Every writer produces some haunting passages, some memorable phrases, but with Rimbaud they are strewn all over the pages like gems tumbled from a rifled chest."
Henry Miller

"Rimbaud transformed French poetry, completely modernized it."
Allen Ginsberg

"Our greatest poet of revolt."
Albert Camus
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About the Author

Unknown beyond the avant-garde at the time of his death in 1891, Arthur Rimbaud has become one of the most liberating influences on twentieth-century culture. Born Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud in Charleville, France, in 1854, Rimbaud’s family moved to Cours d’Orléans, when he was eight, where he began studying both Latin and Greek at the Pension Rossat. While he disliked school, Rimbaud excelled in his studies and, encouraged by a private tutor, tried his hand at poetry. Shortly thereafter, Rimbaud sent his work to the renowned symbolist poet Paul Verlaine and received in response a one-way ticket to Paris. By late September 1871, at the age of sixteen, Rimbaud had ignited with Verlaine one of the most notoriously turbulent affairs in the history of literature. Their relationship reached a boiling point in the summer of 1873, when Verlaine, frustrated by an increasingly distant Rimbaud, attacked his lover with a revolver in a drunken rage. The act sent Verlaine to prison and Rimbaud back to Charleville to finish his work on A Season in Hell. The following year, Rimbaud traveled to London with the poet Germain Nouveau, to compile and publish his transcendent Illuminations. It was to be Rimbaud’s final publication. By 1880, he would give up writing altogether for a more stable life as merchant in Yemen, where he stayed until a painful condition in his knee forced him back to France for treatment. In 1891, Rimbaud was misdiagnosed with a case of tuberculosis synovitis and advised to have his leg removed. Only after the amputation did doctors determine Rimbaud was, in fact, suffering from cancer. Rimbaud died in Marseille in November of 1891, at the age of 37. He is now considered a saint to symbolists and surrealists, and his body of works, which include Le bateau ivre (1871), Une Saison en Enfer (1873), and Les Illuminations (1873), have been widely recognized as a major influence on artists stretching from Pablo Picasso to Bob Dylan.

Patti Smith is a poet, performer, visual artist, and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids. She has twelve albums, has had numerous gallery shows, and continues to give concerts of her music and poetry. Her books include Early Work, The Coral Sea,Witt, Babel, Auguries of Innocence, Woolgathering, Land 250, Trois, and many others. She lives in New York.

Louise Varese was an American biographer and translator of French. She is known for her translations of Stendhal, Proust, Georges Simenon, Julien Gracq, St.-John Perse and Arthur Rimbaud.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B008NIW3XI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Directions; 2nd edition (October 5, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 5, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2243 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 97 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891) was a French poet who is known for his contributions to the Symbolist movement. Born in the small town of Charleville-M&eacute;zi&egrave;res, Rimbaud wrote the majority of his literary works during a five-year period between late-adolescence and early adulthood, including his major collections Une Saison en Enfer (1873) and Les Illuminations (1886). Both titles were translated into English by Bertrand Mathieu and published by BOA Editions in 1973.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful item, with the original cover, a preface by Patti Smith, and of course the great Rimbaud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Season In Hell is my favourite poem
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully dark poetry and great translation
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