THE FLOWERS OF EVIL

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by Beaudelaire

Translated from French by James N McGowan and With an introduction by Jonathan Culler

The Flowers of Evil, which T.S. Eliot called the greatest example of modern poetry in any language, shocked the literary world of nineteenth century France with its outspoken portrayal of lesbian love, its linking of sexuality and death, its unremitting irony, and its unflinching celebration of the seamy side of urban life. Including the French texts and comprehensive explanatory notes to the poems, this extraordinary body of love poems restores the six poems originally banned in 1857, revealing the richness and variety of the collection.

Introduction; Note on the Text; Select Bibliography; A Chronology of Charles Baudelaire; Translator's Preface; Flowers of Evil; Explanatory Notes; Index of Titles; Index of First Lines.