Enid Starkie

Enid Starkie

Enid Starkie (1897–1970) was an Irish literary critic and longtime fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. She also wrote biographies of Baudelaire, Andre Gide and Gustave Flaubert.

Arthur Rimbaud

Nonfiction by Enid Starkie

Rimbaud––a mythic name––his life as extraordinary as his work was influential in redirecting the course, first of French, and then of world poetry. He is, indeed, the very symbol of what we now call “modern” literature; nearly a hundred years before the arrival of the “mind-expanding” drugs, Rimbaud understood that the borders of the writer’s consciousness must be extended and made the deliberate attempt to use hallucination as a creative method.…
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