A Season in Hell & the Drunken Boat (New Directions Paperbook #1211) (Paperback)

By Arthur Rimbaud, Patti Smith (Introduction by), Louise Varese (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811219488, 103pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2011

List Price: 13.95*
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Rimbaud originally distributed A Season In Hell to friends as a self-published booklet, and soon afterward, at the age of nineteen, quit poetry altogether. New Directions's edition was among the first to be published in the U.S., and it quickly became a classic. Rimbaud's famous poem "The Drunken Boat" was subsequently added to the first paperbook printing. Allen Ginsberg proclaimed Arthur Rimbaud as "the first punk" -- a visionary mentor to the Beats for both his recklessness and his fiery poetry.

This new edition proudly dons the original Alvin Lustig-designed cover, and a introduction by another famous rebel -- and now National Book Award-winner -- Patti Smith.