Flowers of Bad
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Charles BaudelaireRather than trying to claim that I'm any sort of authority on the man or his work I'd rather direct you to some resources that might be of use. If there is a link or book that you would like to recommend I'd be more than happy to learn of it.

The entry on Charles Baudelaire in Wikipedia.

Another bio of Baudelaire on poets.org.

Several wonderful quotations by Baudelaire from quotationspage.com.

fleursdumal.org seems to be a rather lengthy resource for information about Les Fleurs du Mal itself, outlining the differences between the various editions and offering the poems in both French and English.

The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire, by Walter Benjamin comes very highly recommended, though I have to admit that I myself have not read it.

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