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I Promise to Be Good: The Letters of Arthur Rimbaud

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780812970159
Author(s): Arthur Rimbaud
Format: Paperback
Year: 2004
Publisher: Modern Library
Dimensions: 135 x 204 x 24 (w x l x h)
Pages: 416
Series: Modern Library

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One of the most written-about literary figures in the past decade, Arthur Rimbaud left few traces when he abandoned poetry at age twenty-one and disappeared into the African desert. Although the dozen biographies devoted to Rimbaud's life depend on one main source for information—his own correspondence—a complete edition of these remarkable letters has never been published in English. Until now.
A moving document of decline, Rimbaud's letters begin with the enthusiastic artistic pronouncements of a fifteen-year-old genius, and end with the bitter what-ifs of a man whose life has slipped disastrously away. But whether soapboxing on the essence of art, or struggling under the yoke of self-imposed exile in the desert of his later years, Rimbaud was incapable of writing an uninteresting sentence. As translator and editor Wyatt Mason makes clear in his engaging Introduction, the letters reveal a Rimbaud very different from our expectations. Rimbaud—presented by many biographers as a bohemian wild man—is unveiled as "diligent in his pursuit of his goals . . . wildly, soberly ambitious, in poetry, in everything."
"I Promise to Be Good: The Letters of Arthur Rimbaud" is the second and final volume in Mason's authoritative presentation of Rimbaud's writings. Called by Edward Hirsch "the definitive translation for our time," Mason&
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