Charles Baudelaire

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  • Barbara Wright (Trinity College Dublin )

Charles Baudelaire was born in Paris on 9 April 1821 to François Baudelaire, a sixty-three-year old widower, and Caroline Baudelaire (née Dufaÿs), aged twenty-eight. His father, a former priest and a talented lover of art, died in 1827. Baudelaire’s widowed mother married a military man, Jacques Aupick, in 1828. Baudelaire, his mother and stepfather spent four years in Lyons, because of Aupick’s posting, but only one person really counted in the life of Baudelaire – his mother. In January 1836, the family moved to Paris. Later that year, Baudelaire was expelled from the Lycée Louis-le-Grand and switched to the Lycée Saint-Louis. At this time, he went through money like water. His …

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Wright, Barbara. "Charles Baudelaire". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 July 2005
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Articles on Baudelaire's works

  1. La Fanfarlo
  2. Les Fleurs du Mal [The Flowers of Evil]
  3. Petits poèmes en prose [Short Prose Poems]
  4. Salon de 1859 [The Salon of 1859]