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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 In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us. Quote Right
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Quote Left It is regrettable that, among the Rights of Man, the right of contradicting oneself has been forgotten. 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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Quote Left A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else. Quote Right
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Quote Left The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present. Quote Right
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