Green hair of Baudelaire  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The green hair episode is an often repeated legend of the life of Charles Baudelaire. It is first reported by Champfleury in his Souvenirs.

In the words of James Huneker:

"The joke of the green hair has been disposed of by Crépet[1]. Baudelaire's hair thinning after an illness, he had his head shaved and painted with salve of a green hue, hoping thereby to escape baldness."

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