Marthiel Mathews

Marthiel Mathews was an American poet, translator of French poetry, and academic. He and Jackson Mathews edited the 1955 edition of Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil, the first complete English edition, published bilingually with the original French.

The Flowers of Evil

In the annals of literature, few single volumes of poetry have achieved the influence and notoriety of The Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal) by Charles Baudelaire (1821-67). Banned and slighted in his lifetime, the book that contains all of Baudelaire’s verses has opened up vistas to the imagination and quickened sensibilities of poets everywhere. Yet it is questionable whether a single translator can give adequate voice to Baudelaire’s full poetic range.…
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Flowers of Evil: A Selection

Poetry by Charles Baudelaire

Translated from the French by Christopher Mattison

Edited by Jackson Mathews Marthiel Mathews

Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, which in successive editions contained all of his published poems, has for over a hundred years now opened new vistas for man’s imagination and quickened the sensibilities of poets everywhere. The greatest French poet of the 19th century, Baudelaire was also the first truly modern poet, and his direct and indirect influence on the literature of our time has been immeasurable. Here in this volume are selections from _Les _Fleurs du Mal as chosen by Marthiel and Jackson Mathews from their complete bilingual edition published by New Directions in 1955 — “undoubtedly the best single collection of Baudelaire’s verse in English” (St.…
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