Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a 19th century French poet, translator, and literary and art critic. Known for his highly controversial, and often dark poetry, as well as his translation of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Baudelaire's life was filled with drama and strife, from financial disaster to being prosecuted for obscenity and blasphemy. The greatest French poet of the 19th century, Baudelaire was also the first truly modem poet, and his direct and indirect influence on the literature of our time has been immeasurable.
The Flowers of Evil is a collection of poetry by Baudelaire that was first published in 1857. It contains 53 poems which best represent his total work and which have been most successfully rendered into English.