1854 – 1891, French
Translated with an Introduction by
All the symbolist poet’s well-known poems
are included in this volume, along with a
selection of Rimbaud’s letters. Both letters
and poems are presented in English prose
translations as well as the original French.
384 pp. 0-14-042064-9 $13.95
Selected Poems and Letters
Translated with an Introduction and Notes
by John Sturrock and Jeremy Harding
The symbolist poet’s highly innovative,
modern body of work, obscene and lyrical
by turns, is represented here by some of his
greatest verse, including the original French
on facing pages. More than a hundred of
Rimbaud’s letters, most written after he had
abandoned literature, are also included.
576 pp. 0-14-044802-0 $14.00
R O B I N S O N
1869 – 1935, American
Edited with an Introduction by
Edwin Arlington Robinson’s finely crafted,
formal rhythms mirror the tension the poet
s ees bet ween life’s immutable circumstances
and humanity’s often tragic attempts to exert
control. At once dramatic and witty, his
poems lay bare the loneliness and despair
of life in small genteel towns, the tyranny of
love, and unspoken, unnoticed suffering.
288 pp. 0-14-018988-2 $15.00
EARL OF ROCHESTER
See John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester.
PIERRE DE RONSARD
1524 – 1585, French
Edited and Translated by Malcolm Quainton
and Elizabeth Vinestock
This dual-language, parallel-text collection
of wide - ranging verse by France’s most
inf luenti al Renaissance poet embraces a
variety of themes from politics, science,
and philosophy to bawdy and risqué
material that outraged religious reformers.
384 pp. 0-14-042424-5 $16.00
See The Portable Renaissance Reader.
Arthur Rimbaud was born in Charleville, France, in 1854. From an early age he
wrote poems and stories, and excelled at Latin verse. In adolescence he developed a
hatred for provincial life, fleeing to Paris in 1870. His poetry was a rigorous search
for “the unknown”—based on a “reasoned disordering of all the senses” by means
of alcohol and drugs. At the age of twenty, however, Rimbaud was done with
poetry. He embarked on a new life, signing up as a mercenary in the Dutch East
Indies, a clerk in a traveling circus, and then as a quarry foreman in Cyprus.
He spent the end of his life in what is now Ethiopia as a dealer in coffee, hides,
weapons, and ivory, dying at the age of thirty-seven.
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