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Bad Boy, Repentant Sinner, or Doomed Poet?
February 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This talk discusses the “bad boy” poet Paul Verlaine and his cultivation of “doomed poet” through photographs. Although he was known as “the Master” to his friends and admirers by the time of his death in 1896, French poet Paul Verlaine endured a rocky relationship with the public during his life. Verlaine’s literary reputation declined in his final years–in part because of his scandalous behavior–even as he was identified as a major influence on the burgeoning symbolist movement. Verlaine was also one of the models for the Decadent movement that began in the 1870s.
Director, New Faculty Program
Professor of French and Graduate Program Coordinator
Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures
Learning Lecture Series