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June 25, 2013

Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal

Charles Baudelaire    (1821 - 1867)

Charles Baudelaire
(1821 – 1867)

By Steve King

On this day in 1857 Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal was published. Critics now regard it as the one of the most important and influential collections of 19th century poetry, but the newspapers of the day thought it full of “all the putresence of the human heart,” and the courts excised six poems found to be “in contempt of the laws which safeguard religion and morality.”

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