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Edgar Allan Poe

by Charles Baudelaire

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En los últimos tiempos se ha hablado mucho de Edgar Poe. El caso es que se lo merece. Con un volumen de relatos, su reputación ha cruzado los mares. Ha sorprendido, sobre todo sorprendido, antes que conmovido o entusiasmado. Lo mismo les sucede por lo general a todos los novelistas que avanzan únicamente apoyados en un método de creación propia, que es la consecuencia misma de su temperamento. No creo que sea posible encontrar un gran novelista que no haya sido el artífice de su método. O, mejor dicho, cuya sensibilidad primitiva no haya sido meditada y transformada en un arte indiscutible ( )
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Renowned poet Charles Baudelaire played a significant role in introducing Edgar Allan Poe to French readers by publishing widely read criticisms and translations of Poe's writings. The two writers shared an appreciation for the exotic, a taste for morbid subjects, and a devotion to artistic purity. Baudelaire immersed himself in the study of English for the express purpose of doing justice to Poe's works, and his translations established his reputation in the French literary world well before the publication of his most famous book of poetry, Les Fleurs du Mal. In the first part of this study, "Edgar Allan Poe, His Life and Works," Baudelaire sketches his subject's biography and discusses several representative writings. Two additional essays analyze Poe's literary theories and offer intriguing reflections of Baudelaire's own sense of aesthetics. The compilation concludes with a critical miscellany of several other prefaces and notes on the American author and his works.… (more)

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