The Defeat of Baudelaire  

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The Defeat of Baudelaire: A Psychoanalytical Study of the Neurosis of Charles Baudelaire (1931, French: L'échec de Baudelaire; étude psychanalytique sur la névrose de Charles Baudelaire) is a psychohistory of Charles Baudelaire by French psychiatrist René Laforgue (1894 - 1962).

It is a psychoanalytic reading of the life and work of Baudelaire.

The nosographical category of failure neurosis was created and applied mainly in France, as a result of René Laforgue's writings. Psychopathologie de l'échec (The psychopathology of failure; 1941): "We thus speak of the failure of an individual's emotional life or social activity[. . .]. The person derives from the affective failure itself the strength and the voluptuousness that transforms the unhappiness into happiness.".

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