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Selected Letters of Stéphane Mallarmé

Edited and translated by Rosemary Lloyd
It is the reading world’s good fortune that Stéphane Mallarmé’s letters survived, allowing later generations an intimate look at the inner life of one of Europe’s most important poets. Mallarmé (1842-98), often called the father of the Symbolists, has had an immense influence on the development of modern European poetry. It was his ambition to create a poetry pure of quotidian reality—autonomous, concentrated, linguistically inventive. His correspondence documents the evolution of this aim, the crafting of a poetics out of a life inescapably "real" in its pains and charms.

265 pages | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1988

Biography and Letters

Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages

Table of Contents

Translator’s Note
1. Childhood and Youth
2. Teaching in the Provinces
3. Hérodiade and the Faun
4. The Descent into the Void
5. The Return to the Center
6. Love and Friendship
7. Verse and Prose
8. Prince of Poets

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