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Paris Spleen, and La Fanfarlo
Raymond N. MacKenzie's introductory essay discusses Baudelaire's life and the literary climate in which he lived and worked. Focusing on the theory of the prose poem, MacKenzie suggests that Baudelaire turned to this form for both aesthetic and ethical reasons, and because the form allowed him to explore more fully the complexities of the modern, urban, human condition. By turns comic, somber, satiric, and self-questioning, Paris Spleen is one of the nineteenth century's richest masterpieces.
Raymond N. MacKenzie is Professor of English, University of St. Thomas. Among his recent works is a translation of François Mauriac's Thérèse Desqueyroux (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).
171 pages; ISBN 9781603840460
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