Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Verlaine mss., 1895-n.d., are the letters and writings of Paul Marie Verlaine, 1844-1896, author. The letters, dated 1895, to Edouard Dujardin, 1861-1949, journalist and editor, are concerned with Verlaine's book Confessions and the portrait by Louis Anquetin, 1861- , artist. The undated letter to Leon Deschamps, 1864-1899, editor and poet, offers two sonnets (not included) for publication.

The writings consist of two titles. Arcades ambo, poem XIV in Invectives, which varies slightly from the work published in 1896, is signed by Verlaine. The x's in the last stanza are filled in with the word "Merde." Le sonnet du Trou du Cul, the poem written by Verlaine with Arthur Rimbaud, 1854-1891, poet, is an untitled copy in pencil in the hand of Georges Montorgueil, 1857- , author. It is accompanied by a typed carbon of the poem with the title Le Trou du Cul and a holograph note in ink indicating it was copied from the original.

Collection size: 7 items

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