"Late Fragments" by Charles Baudelaire

Late Fragments Flares, My Heart Laid Bare, Prose Poems, Belgium Disrobed Charles Baudelaire, Richard Sieburth

The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Publication date:
26 Apr 2022
Yale University Press
384 pages: 235 x 156mm


While not as well‑known as his other works, Charles Baudelaire’s late poems, drafts of poems, and prose fragments are texts indispensable to the history of modern poetics.
This volume brings together Baudelaire’s late fragmentary writings, aphoristic in form and radical in thought, into one edited collection for the first time. Substantial introductions to each work by Richard Sieburth combine the literary context with formal analysis and reception history to give readers a comprehensive picture of the genesis of these works and their subsequent fate.
Baudelaire’s turn toward fragmentary writing involved not only a conscious renunciation of his aesthetics of perfection and unity, but a desertion of the harmonies of the traditional lyric in favor of the disjunctions of prose. These are daring works, often painful to read in their misanthropy and unconventional beauty.

Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867) is widely regarded as a giant of modern literature. Richard Sieburth is Professor Emeritus of English, French, and Comparative Literature at NYU.