Charles Baudelaire: Les Fleurs du Mal [The Flowers of Evil] (3425 words)

Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Share on Facebook Tweet Report an Error

Charles-Pierre Baudelaire’s volume of poetry, Les Fleurs du Mal [The Flowers of Evil], is without question one of the most important works of nineteenth-century French literature. Two editions of Les Fleurs du Mal were published during Baudelaire’s lifetime — the first in June 1857 and the second in February 1861, the latter considered to be the definitive edition as it was the last edition prepared by Baudelaire himself. However, a comparison of the differing architectures of the two editions sheds much light on Baudelaire’s spiritual and aesthetic evolution. The focus of the first edition is fixed primarily on the figure of the Poet and his preoccupations, w…

McKellar, Kenneth. "Les Fleurs du Mal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 March 2010
[, accessed 18 October 2017.]

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.