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Baudelaire: Selected Writings on Art and Artists / Edition 46

Baudelaire: Selected Writings on Art and Artists / Edition 46

by Charles Baudelaire, P. E. CharvetCharles Baudelaire


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Before publishing Les Fleurs du Mal in 1857, Baudelaire was probably better known to his contemporaries as a critic than as a poet, and the articles translated here by P. E. Charvet illustrate the development of Baudelaire's critical ideas. The essays cover the visual, literary, and musical arts. From the early 'Salon' of 1846 Baudelaire's commitment to the cause of Delcroix was passionate and unswerving and it remains a theme of a number of these pieces. Baudelaire's literary criticism is represented by, amongst others, the two important articles on Poe, the spirited defence of Madame Bovary published shortly after Flaubert had been acquitted on a charge of offending public morality and the long article on Gautier, to whom Baudelaire dedicated Les Fleurs du Mal. The musician whom Baudelaire admired above all others was Wagner, and the article on Tannhäuser published at the time of the Paris production in 1861 shows his percipience as a critic: with no technical knowledge of music, Baudelaire nevertheless demonstrates an instinctive awareness of the magical power of suggestion in Wagner's music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521282871
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/11/1981
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Extracts from the Salon of 1845; 2. Extracts from the Salon of 1846; 3. Of virtuous plays and novels; 4. The universal exhibition of 1855: the fine arts; 5. Of the essence of laughter and generally of the comic in the plastic arts; 6. Edgar Allen Poe, his life and works; 7. Further notes on Edgar Poe; 8. Some French caricaturists; 9. Some foreign caricaturists; 10. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; 11. Théophile Gautier; 12. Extracts from the Salon of 1859; 13. Richard Wagner and Tannhäuser in Paris; 14. The life and work of Eugène Delacroix; 15. The painter of modern life; Notes.

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