n De Arte - From Baudelaire to Beardsley : some thoughts on Poe's beast as an indicator of the tastes and fears of nineteenth-century Europe : research




Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) was one of the major influences on the French Decadent poets of the late nineteenth century whose aesthetic principles were shared, to a large extent, by a group of English poets and artists, among whom was Aubrey Beardsley (1872- 1898). One of the major influences on Baudelaire had been the American, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), in whose short stories and poems Baudelaire had recognised a kindred spirit. Some intriguing aspects of changing nineteenth- century attitudes emerge from a study of Baudelaire's 1856 translation of Poe's 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and Beardsley's 1893 illustration to this story.


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