Charles Baudelaire

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Birthday
9, 1821
Birthplace
Paris, France
Death Date
Aug 31, 1867 (46)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
9, 1821
Birthplace
Paris, France
Death Date
Aug 31, 1867 (46)

About

Nineteenth-century French prose poet, essayist, translator, and critic associated with the Symbolist and Modernist literary movements. His best-known works include Les Fleurs du mal, Les paradis artificiels, and Le Spleen de Paris.

Before Fame

He studied in Lyon and Paris, but was sent to India in 1841 after his stepfather discovered his reckless behavior regarding prostitutes and over-spending.

Trivia

He translated the poems of Edgar Allan Poe into French.

Family Life

He had a drawn-out affair with Jeanne DuVal and shorter relationships with an actress (Marie Daubrun) and a courtesan (Apollonnie Sabatier). Throughout his life, however, he was most driven by the need for his mother's approval.

Associated With

He was a close friend of French painter Edouard Manet, who included Baudelaire's image in his famous Music in the Tuileries painting.