Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867) As a young man, Baudelaire sailed the seas to Mauritius, Madagascar and Ceylon, returning to Paris at the age of twenty-four determined to become a poet and a man of letters. In 1857 he published his best known book, Flowers of Evil, which created much controversy in France. Since its publication, Flowers of Evil, and later Paris Spleen, as well as his Little Prose Poems, have been touchstones for many of the twentieth century’s greatest writers and artists. Baudelaire is often compared with Edgar Allan Poe, whose work he translated into French, and his notion of “the derangement of the senses” was embraced by later poets such as Mallarme, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Hughes-Alain Dal, and many writers of the Beat movement.