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Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel | [Edmund White]

Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel

Poet and prodigy Arthur Rimbaud led a life that was startlingly short, but just as dramatically eventful and accomplished. Even today, over a century after his death in 1891, his visionary poetry has continued to influence everyone from Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan to Patti Smith. His long poem A Season in Hell (1873) and his collection Illuminations (1886) are essential to the modern canon, marked by a hallucinatory and hypnotic style that defined the Symbolist movement in poetry.
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The distinguished biographer, novelist, and memoirist Edmund White brings his literary mastery to a new biography of Arthur Rimbaud.

Poet and prodigy Arthur Rimbaud led a life that was startlingly short, but just as dramatically eventful and accomplished. Even today, over a century after his death in 1891, his visionary poetry has continued to influence everyone from Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan to Patti Smith. His long poem A Season in Hell (1873) and his collection Illuminations (1886) are essential to the modern canon, marked by a hallucinatory and hypnotic style that defined the Symbolist movement in poetry. Having sworn off writing at the age of twenty-one, Rimbaud drifted around the world from scheme to scheme, ultimately dying from an infection contracted while running guns in Africa. He was 37.

Edmund White writes with a historian's eye for detail, driven by a genuine personal investment in his subject. White delves deep into the young poet's relationships with his family, his teachers, and his notorious affair with the more established poet Paul Verlaine. He follows the often elusive (sometimes blatant) threads of sexual taboo that haunt Rimbaud's poems (in those days, sodomy was a crime) and offers incisive interpretations of the poems, using his own artful translations to bring us closer to the mercurial poet.

©2008 Edmund White (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    david Townsville, Australia 01-31-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Rimbaud the most enjoyable?

    The unfolding story of a wild young man


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul Verlaine as the lover


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Arriving in Paris penniless and with ill-fitting clothes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Rebel Yell


    Any additional comments?

    Edmund White reveals the complexity and uniqueness of Rimbaud's poetry and character

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Seattle, WA, United States 09-10-12
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    "Superficial, no clarity of point of view"
    What did you like best about Rimbaud? What did you like least?

    Although the complexities of these two artists' work and relationship are compelling, this writer lacks any deep dramatic, psychological, social, or storytelling thrust.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A more energetic and focussed narfrative.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Giorgio’s performances?

    Okay


    Could you see Rimbaud being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not as written, and it was, with Leonardo di Caprio.


    Any additional comments?

    White is not my favorite author, evidently. lol

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    I downloaded this book and had to give up on it. The pronunciation of the French names of people and places is terrible, and it is far too distracting.

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