Spring 1945 • Vol. VII No. 2 Book Reviews |

A Doctrinal Baudelaire

Baudelaire, A Criticism by Joseph D. Bennett. Princeton. $2.00. This book contans a general theory about Baudelaire's life and the development of his poetry. The larger part of it, and the more valuable part, is devoted to the critical exegesis of some twenty-odd poems of which both the French originals and English versions by the author are included. The general theory is one which is familiar and stale. It might be termed, perhaps unjustly, the "Catholic" theory. It is at least as old as the last section of Albert Thibaudet's essay in Intérieurs, its most imposing monument is Stanislas Fumet's Notre Baudelaire, and its chief expression in English has been T. S. Eliot's essay in Collected Essays, surely the silliest thing Mr. Eliot ever committed to print. Although I am not aware that Paul Claudel has ever written anything about Baudelaire, this theory is close to that of Claudel on Rimbaud. It sees Baudelaire's life developing from an immersion in lust and wickedness, thr

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