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Charles Pierre Baudelaire is one of the most influential French poets of the nineteenth century. French poet essayist art critic and translator, b. Paris, 9 April 1821, the son of a distinguished friend of Cabanis and Condorcet. He first became famous by the publication of Fleurs du Mal, 1857, in which appeared Les Litanies de Satan. The work was prosecuted and suppressed. Baudelaire translated some of the writings of E. A. Poe, a poet whom he resembled much in life and character. The divine beauty of his face has been celebrated by the French poet, Théodore de Banville, and his genius in some magnificent stanzas by the English poet, Algernon Swinburne. Died Paris 31 Aug. 1867.


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Quote Left An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same ti... Quote Right
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Quote Left It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree. Quote Right
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Quote Left Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry. Quote Right
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Quote Left It is the greatest art of the devil to convince us he does not exist. Quote Right
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Quote Left The old Paris is no more (the form of a city changes faster, alas! than a mortal's heart). Quote Right
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