The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays  

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The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays (trans. Jonathan Mayne (1964; rpt. New York: Da Capo, 1986)) is the title of a collection of essays by the French writer Charles Baudelaire, edited and translated from the French language collection Le peintre de la vie moderne.

Excerpt on modernity:

"By modernity I mean the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent which make up one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immutable."

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  • The painter of modern life --
  • The life and work of Eugène Delacroix --
  • Edgar Allan Poe: his life and works --
  • Further notes on Edgar Allan Poe --
  • Wagner and Tannhäuser in Paris --
  • On the essence of laughter --
  • Some French caricaturists --
  • Some foreign caricaturists --
  • A philosophy of toys --
  • Philosophic art.

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