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672 Pages

9.2 x 6.0 inches

ISBN: 9780192843319

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The Beauty of Baudelaire

The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver

Roger Pearson

  • The first comprehensive close reading in any language of the complete works of Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
  • Written to mark the bicentenary of his birth
  • Offers a new perspective on his work by focusing on his conception of the poet as an 'alternative lawgiver'
  • Rejects traditional views of Baudelaire as being exclusively concerned with the aesthetic status of poetic work and proposes instead an account of the 'beauty of Baudelaire' as a progressive ethos of conjecture
  • Provides a full account of his critical writings on literature and the fine arts, and provides fresh readings of Les Fleurs du Mal and Le Spleen de Paris