Arthur Rimbaud

Seth Whidden (University of Oxford)
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Arthur Rimbaud was born in Charleville (today Charleville-Mézières) on 20 October 1854. The precocious young poet began as a voracious reader and brilliant student: he began at the Collège de Charleville in the spring of 1865 and flew through three years of school in a year and a half. On his way, he won just about every academic prize the school had to offer, and several of his first poems – some in Latin, some in French – were the result of competitions that the school organized. It was at the end of the year in


when then fourteen-year-old Rimbaud made a name for himself by winning eight first prizes (he had won four the year before): Latin verse,

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(translation from Latin into French), Latin narration,

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Citation: Whidden, Seth. "Arthur Rimbaud". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 July 2007 [, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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