It was 155 years ago today that French poet Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil) was published, leading to his prosecution for obscenity charges. He was heavily fined and struggled with a ban against the work for years. Still, the volume centering on themes of eroticism, memory, death, corruption, and decadence had a number of admirers who applauded the poet’s unyielding words. Madame Bovary author Gustave Flaubert told Buadelaire he had “found a way to rejuvenate Romanticism,” while others called the work “immense, prodigious, and unexpected.”
Although his tempestuous, bohemian lifestyle and philosophies garnered much attention, Baudelaire’s radical use of composition and verse resonated and had a significant impact on later poets and the literary world at large. He wasn’t alone, however. We explored several other early radical poets past the break. As always, feel free to leave your own picks below.
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We definitely enjoy the artful presentation of vintage mug shots — as we’ve pointed out before several times, like here, here, and here. A new batch of old-timey crooks and deviants recently caught our eye over at Dangerous Minds. While the website pointed out the female prisoners housed at Newcastle City Gaol and House of Correction — incarcerated between 1871 to 1873 — the number of children in the bunch is what interested us. All of the Victorian kid criminals we’ve shared past the break are no older than 16, and most of them were sentenced for petty theft. Poverty and peer pressure probably inspired a few of these cases, but no explanations are given apart from the crimes done. Even if they were naughty children, at least their mug shots are extremely polite! Meet a few child crooks below.
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Map nerds: prepare to be seduced. This beauty hails from The General Atlas of the World — an 1854 volume printed by A & C Black Publishing Company, the same folks who issued early editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica. The tome contained steel engravings from well-known cartographers like William Hughes and featured close to 70… Read More