Rimbaud, Arthur: A Season in Hell
A Season in Hell
Published in 1945 by New Directions in their New Classics Series. New Directions began publishing in 1936, and in 1939 initiated a series of cutting-edge classic reprints. Cover by Alvin Lustig. Good antiquarian condition. Cover slightly worn on the front and on the edges. Price unclipped. Internally clean, no handwriting marks or previous owner inscriptions.
Arthur Rimbaud occupies a unique place in literature. His influence has so pervaded the whole western world that it is hardly an exaggeration to call him the “father” of modern poetry. His great masterpiece is the long prose poem A Season in Hell, record of the poet’s spiritual revolt and struggle. It is here presented both in the original French text and in a completely new English translation by Louis Varèse. Rimbaud’s life was so extraordinary that is has taken on the quality of a myth; a short biographical chronology is provided in the book to sketch in this important background material.