Poe and Baudelaire


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Charles Baudelaire discovered Edgar Allan Poe‘s short stories in 1848. Soon, he became fascinated not only with the stories, many of which he translated into French, but also with the writer himself, whom he came to recognize as a soulmate and alter ego. As a result of Baudelaire’s translations and critical writing, Edgar Allan Poe’s work became widely disseminated and appreciated in France. In this class, we will investigate Baudelaire’s fascination with Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories by reading and discussing excerpts from Baudelaire’s translations and letters.

Barbara Thimm is a writer, translator, and educator. Her translations of selected poems by Timothy Donnelly and Mary Jo Bang were published by luxbooks in Germany. “A Discovery Behind the House,” the translation of a short story by Ror Wolf, appeared in Asymptote. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two sons.

Start Date: 12/12/2023, 1 meeting
Class Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Day of Week: Tuesday
Location: Zoom
Instructor: Barbara Thimm
Status: Running/Openings