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Mysteries of the City

Mark Ford: Baudelaire and Modernity, 21 February 2013

Baudelaire: The Complete Verse 
edited and translated by Francis Scarfe.
Anvil, 470 pp., £10.95, January 2012, 978 0 85646 427 0
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Baudelaire: Paris Blues/Le Spleen de Paris 
edited and translated by Francis Scarfe.
Anvil, 332 pp., £10.95, January 2012, 978 0 85646 429 4
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Seeing Double: Baudelaire’s Modernity 
by Françoise Meltzer.
Chicago, 264 pp., £29, May 2011, 978 0 226 51988 3
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... times come to seem a double act. In Seeing Double: Baudelaire’s Modernity, Françoise Meltzer goes so far as to present Baudelaire’s writing as in crucial ways incomplete without Benjamin’s interpretations of it. Her argument is an attempt to push one stage further a complex metaphor used by Benjamin in a fragment ...


Richard Stern, 15 August 1991

... heard had made no sense to him. ‘Though he’s obviously clever.’Derrida III was introduced by Françoise Meltzer, a tri-lingual ‘comparatist’ who said that the reading of Derrida’s Dissemination in 1973 changed her intellectual life and reminded her of another revolutionary book she was then reading, Kant’s first Critique. In his kindly ...

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