Mallarmé: The Poet and His Circle

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Upon his death in 1898, the French Symbolist poet Stephane Mallarmé (b. 1842) left behind a body of published work which though modest in quantity was to have a seminal influence on subsequent poetry and aesthetic theory. He also enjoyed an unparalleled reputation for extending help and encouragement to those who sought him out. Rosemary Lloyd has produced a fascinating literary biography of the poet and his period, offering a subtle exploration of the mind and letters of one of the giants of modern European poetry.

Every Tuesday, from the late 1870s on, Mallarmé hosted gatherings that became famous as the "Mardis" and that were attended by a cross section of significant writers, artists, thinkers, and musicians in fin-de-siecle France, England, and Belgium. Through these gatherings and especially through a voluminous correspondence--eventually collected in eleven volumes--Mallarmé developed and recorded his friendships with Paul Valery, Andre Gide, Berthe Morisot, and many others. Attractively written and scrupulously documented, Mallarmé: The Poet and His Circle is unique in offering a biographical account of the poet's literary practice and aesthetics which centers on that correspondence.

 

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Although not a particularly prolific poet--judging by the body of his known and published work--Mallarm had an immeasurable influence on poetry in the latter half of the 19th century and thereafter ... Read full review

Contents

Corresponding
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INTERLUDE Two Depression
66
INTERLUDE THREE Father and Daughter
109
INTERLUDE FOUR Love and Friendship
156
Poetry Politics and Bombs
202
Remembering the Dead
217
Notes
235
Index
255
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Rosemary Lloyd is Rudy Professor of French and Professor of Gender Studies and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Indiana University-Bloomington. She is the author, editor, and translator of several books, including Baudelaire's World, Shimmering in a Transformed Light: Writing the Still Life, and Closer and Closer Apart: Jealousy in Literature, all from Cornell.

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