The Flowers of Evil is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire. It was important in the symbolist and modernist movements. The subject matter of these poems deals with themes relating to decadence and eroticism. The author and the publisher were prosecuted under the regime of the Second Empire as an an insult to public decency. As a consequence of this prosecution, Baudelaire was fined 300 francs. Six poems from the work were suppressed and the ban on their publication was not lifted in France until 1949. Upon reading "The Swan" Victor Hugo announced that Baudelaire had created a new shudder, a new thrill in literature.
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In the annals of literature, few volumes of poetry have achieved the influence and notoriety of 'The Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs dur Mal) by Charles Baudelaire (1821-67). Banned and slighted in his lifetime, the book that contains all of Baudelaire's verses has opened up vistas to the imagination and quickened sensibilities of poets everywhere.About the Author:
James McGowan is at Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois. Jonathan Culler is at Cornell University.
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Book Description CreateSpace, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 36 pages. 10.00x8.00x0.09 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1466307501