A Season in Hell. Arthur Rimbaud.
A Season in Hell

A Season in Hell

Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1945. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Forever flashing and hiding the Blakean pearls of insight one is purported to receive by way of a "...long, boundless, systematized disorganization of all of the senses," Arthur Rimbaud, equal parts groundbreaking poet and bastard cherub, endures. This work, "A Season in Hell," was first published in October of 1873 by Rimbaud himself--the only title amongst his works to enjoy that designation. According to Rimbaud scholar Bertand Mathieu, Rimbaud composed the work "...in a dilapidated barn" on a visit to his family's farm in Roche, near Charleville. Consensus among Rimbaud scholars points to a theory that during Rimbaud's first stay in London in 1872 (with Paul Verlaine), he was introduced to opium--thus beginning the transformation from Van Goghian absinthe drinker to exhibit centerpiece in his own "...museum of misery and deprivation," to use Ralph Steadman's memorable phrase. This early New Directions edition from 1945 has a special, decorative "Cut-Out" binding, and is distinct to this Edition. Book in very fine condition with only what seems to be remainder ink at top & bottom of text block; a penciled notation referencing the date of publication ("1945"); and what could possibly be a hand-written limitation number ("1631") at title page. Very Fine. [Item #3618]

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