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A Season in Hell

In this new translation of Arthur Rimbaud—illustrious among the 19th-century symbolists and one of the most influential poets upon the modern mind—Donald Revell captures the child-like wonder and tortured, revelatory despair of these poems, which changed, in so many ways, how we think of what a poem can say and mean. Revell’s choice of a most immediate vernacular gives the modern reader all the heady brilliance in Rimbaud’s rebelliousness. Yet, as Revell explains in his essay “Outrageous Innocence, Innocence Outraged,” which is offered as afterword in this translation of A Season in Hell, Rimbaud’s rebellious sensuality was redolent with the oracular. Revell’s essay offers the story of Rimbaud—his wildly creative youth, his years of breaking with all traditions of morality and decorum, his fame as the genius of French letters who is identified as one of the creators of free verse because of his rhythm experiments in prose poems. And Revell’s essay places these poems in the larger historical narrative of the literature of rebellious youth that has molded much of our contemporary culture. Published with the French on facing pages, this translation will open many readers to the pleasure of reading this wild child who was remembered after his death as one of the masters of French poetry.

104 pages | 6 x 9


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Table of Contents

Une Saison en Enfer / A Season in Hell • “Jardis. . .” / Back when. . .” • Mauvais Sang/Bad Blood • Nuit de L’Enfer/Night of Hell • Délires I/Deliriums • Délires II/Deliriums II • L’Impossible/The Impossible • L’Éclair/Lightning • Matin/Morning • Adieu/Farewell • A Translator’s Afterword Outrageous Innoncence/Innoncence Outraged • Morning of Drunkenness • Suggested Reading

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