Charles Baudelaire was an acclaimed poet and translator, and during his life he produced works that explored the urban condition, psychological turmoil, and despondency. He took meticulous care when crafting his poems, and his first work, Les Fleurs Du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) was published in 1857 when he was 36. The work was later praised by Gustave Flaubert and Victor Hugo, but the French government took exception to some of the poems contained in the volume and banned them until 1949. This site provides interested parties with access to the complete contents of the 1857 edition, along with the 1861 edition. The site also contains audio recordings of the poems made by Eva Le Gallienne and Louis Jordan for Caedmon Records. The site is quite a find, and users with a penchant for Baudelaire's works will want to return several times.
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