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White, Edmund (Author) & Rimbaud, Arthur (Subject). RIMBAUD: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF A REBEL. New York City, NY: James Atlas Books, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 195 pages. As New/As New.

Concise book-length account on subject. One of the most fascinating and underrated books on Rimbaud in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edmund White's "Rimbaud: The Double Life of A Rebel". "Poet and prodigy Arthur Rimbaud led a life that was startlingly short, but was just as dramatically eventful and accomplished. Over a century after his death in 1891, his visionary poetry has continued to influence everyone from Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan to Patti Smith. His long poem, 'A Season In Hell' (1873), and his collection, 'Illuminations' (1886), are essential to the modern canon, marked by a hallucinatory and hypnotic style that defined the Symbolist Movement. Then, having sworn off writing at the age of twenty-one, Rimbaud drifted around the world from scheme to scheme, ultimately dying from an infection contracted while running guns in Africa. He was thirty-seven. Edmund White writes with a historian's eye for detail, driven by a genuine personal investment in his subject. Delves deep into the young poet's relationships with his family, his teachers, and his notorious affair with the more established poet Paul Verlaine. Follows the often elusive (sometimes blatant) threads of sexual taboo that haunt Rimbaud's poems and offers incisive interpretations of the poems, using his own artful translations to bring us closer to the mercurial poet" (Publisher's blurb). "If we are absolutely modern - and we are - it's because Rimbaud commanded us to be" (John Ashbery). Beyond popular culture figures like Morrison and Smith, Rimbaud's influence remains strong to this day: Agnieska Holland's best film, "Total Eclipse", is a cinematic dramatization of Rimbaud's impulsive and self-contradictory life. She chose the teenage-aged Leonardo DiCaprio to play Rimbaud. An absolute "must-have" title for Edmund White collectors. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is the single most beautiful copy we have ever seen. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are remainder-marked and have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for "Genet". Anointed by Vladimir Nabokov as his American successor. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND WHITE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1934633151. $50.00

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