Rimbaud: A Biography

by Graham Robb

Unknown beyond the avant-garde at the time of his death, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) has been one of the most destructive and liberating influences on twentieth-centuryculture.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.21 out of 5
  • Published December 17th 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company
  • Original Title: Rimbaud: A Biography
  • ISBN: 039332267X (ISBN13: 9780393322675)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Arthur Rimbaud
  • Literary Awards: Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Nominee (2001)

Unknown beyond the avant-garde at the time of his death, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) has been one of the most destructive and liberating influences on twentieth-century culture. During his lifetime he was a bourgeois-baiting visionary, and the list of his known crimes is longer than the list of his published poems. But his posthumous career is even more astonishing: saint to symbolists and surrealists; poster child for anarchy and drug use; gay pioneer; a major influence on artists from Picasso to Bob Dylan.