Joyce O. Lowrie Presents “Arthur Rimbaud – Illuminations”

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New book translates the works of a visionary 19th century French poet-prodigy.

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Arthur Rimbaud was a 19th century poet who died at the young age of 37, yet in his short life, he left an undeniable mark on the literary world, and was likened by none other than Victor Hugo to an “infant Shakespeare.” Joyce O. Lowrie presents to readers everywhere a translated edition of this visionary’s groundbreaking work in Arthur Rimbaud – Illuminations.

Rimbaud described himself as a “voyant,” a clairvoyant who looks beyond the exterior appearances of people, places and things, to gaze into realms beyond the natural range of human senses. The prodigy, who wrote most of his works between the ages of 17 and 23, went about his career deliberately “deregulating his senses,” thus becoming a poet-seer. To see or not to see: that was his option, and he chose to see, to behold with his eyes and his intellect visions of enchantments, magical dream-flowers sprouting in vast plains of emerald-steel grass, and vistas of horrors and masterpieces adorned with angels of fire and ice and diamond-encrusted carriages heading out to the great beyond. His poems are imbued with a taste, a desire, a dream of grandeur and magnificence. They contrast cruelty and kindness, the low versus the high, diamond and dust, the ugliness and filth within people and cities against the grandeur of palaces.

Through this, Rimbaud showcases the dichotomy of dreams and nightmares, oppositions that allow for the ascension of the spirits of both author and writer, as well as the recognition of the inherent barbarity of the universe, represented so vividly. Within Arthur Rimbaud – Illuminations are rhymes and verses both luminous and enlightening, which decorate the world with magical stones and flowers, even as they flash beams upon minds and hearts that display the inhumanity of humankind.

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About the Author
Joyce O. Lowrie received her Ph.D. at Yale University, and has taught French language and literature at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut since that time. She has received various honors, including a Fulbright Grant, a National Endowment for the Humanitites Grant, a Camargo Foundation Grant at Cassis, France, a Wesleyan Project Grant, and support for projects, publications, and research travel from the Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund at Wesleyan University. She has published “A Violent Mystique” (Droz), a biography of André Pieyre de Mandiargues in Literature in the 20th Century (Frederick Ungar Publishing Company), a chapter on Mandiargues in The Fantastic in World Literature and the Arts (Greenwood Press), SIGHTINGS: MIRRORS IN TEXTS – TEXTS IN MIRRORS (Rodopi), numerous articles on 19th and 20th century French authors in refereed journals. Her translations of poems by Mandiargues, José Luis Cuevas, and others have appeared in The Poetry Review and other journals. She has spent many years in France doing research, primarily on 19th and 20th-century French literature, teaching and directing Wesleyan University’s Program in Paris.

A Bilingual Edition
Publication Date: January 27, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 113 pages; 978-1-4568-0548-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-2789-5

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