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Richard Dalla Rosa was born in 1974, in Charleville-Mézières. He is a teacher of French literature and Latin, and runs workshops in creative writing. Richard Dalla Rosa has published a number of works, including short stories (La nuit des heures, Pierron, 1997), historical narrative (Tisphoné, démon de Socrate, Autrement, 2000), novels (Cascamouche, Desmaret, 2004), art catalogues (Anamorphoses, Bernard Pras, gallery Bruno Delarue, 2001), articles (“Les Mots dans les murs”, NRF Gallimard, 2000), and poetic prose (Eloge des forêts depuis la vitre d’un wagon & inédits, Société des Ecrivains Ardennais, 2015). He represented his region as a film enthusiast at the Cannes Film Festival, participating as a member of the Youth Jury in 1994, and he also competed for France as a poet in the Jeux de la Francophonie (Francophone Games) in Ottawa, 2001. As Chair of the Société des Ecrivains Ardennais (Society of Ardennes Writers), he is now devoted to the promotion of reading and writing; he has held a monthly book club for over twelve years at Charleville, and also prepares projects involving books, scenarios and plays.
Charles Baudelaire (1821 -1867) was a French poet who gained notoriety for his 1857 volume of poems, Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil), which dealt with controversial themes such as death, depression, homosexuality, alcohol, and others. He initially studied law, however he was unhappy with the profession and began to drink, hire prostitutes and run up debts. He then turned to a career in literature. His family, unhappy with his choice and lifestyle, sent him on a voyage to India in an effort to redirect his energy. This experience influenced his later poetry, with themes of the sea, port life, and exotic climes.
On his return to Paris, Baudelaire continued to write, and soon began to publish his writing, starting with art reviews, which gained attention; and established himself as an advocate of Romanticism. In 1857, he published his most famous volume of poetry, The Flowers of Evil, with it’s themes of sex and death it created a scandal. Baudelaire and his publisher were prosecuted. Gustave Flaubert,Victor Hugo and other notable writers and thinkers defended him and condemned the decision.
Towards the end of his life, Baudelaire suffered from many conditions brought on by his chronic use of opium and stress surrounding his debts. In 1866, he suffered from a stroke and died soon after.