Baudelaire was the first incarnation of the
Charles Baudelaire, poète maudit, the self-styled Satanic man whose collection THE FLOWERS OF EVIL (Les Fleurs du Mal) is marked by paeans to sexual degradation such as The Litanies Of Satan and Metamorphosis Of The Vampire. Baudelaire himself revelled in a life of filth, and kept as his poetic muse a diseased mulatto prostitute.
THE FLOWERS OF EVIL is now presented in a brand new translation that vividly brings Baudelaires masterpiece to life for the new millennium.
This volume also includes key texts from Baudelaires ARTIFICIAL PARADISE, his notorious examination of the effects of intoxication by alcohol and psychotropic drugs. In On Wine And Hashish and The Poem Of Hashish, Baudelaire brilliantly evokes the agony and ecstasy of addiction.
With an introductory essay by Guillaume Apollinaire, published for the first time in English. Cover illustration by Odilon Redon.