Poet, aesthete and hedonist, Baudelaire was also one of the most
groundbreaking art critics of his time. Here he explores beauty,
fashion, dandyism, the purpose of art and the role of the artist, and
describes the painter who, for him, expresses most fully the drama of
GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the
world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other.
They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have
enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives
– and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great
thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook
civilization and helped make us who we are
About The Author
Charles-Pierre Baudelaire was born in Paris in 1821 and wrote a series
of groundbreaking works on modern culture. His collection of poetry Les
Fleurs du Mal (1857) was prosecuted for indecency.