Tristan Corbière  

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In 1873 there had appeared in Paris a book of poems called "Les Amours Jaunes," by a writer who signed himself Tristan Corbiere. "Les Amours Jaunes" was received with complete indifference, and scarcely more than a year after it appeared, the author died of consumption.

He made a pose of his unsociability and of what he considered his physical ugliness, at the same time that he undoubtedly suffered over them. Melancholy, with a feverishly active mind, full of groanings and vulgar jokes, he used to amuse himself by going about in convict's clothes and by firing guns and revolvers out the window in protest against the singing of the village choir; and on one occasion, on a visit to Rome, he appeared in the streets in evening dress, with a mitre on his head and two eyes painted on his forehead, leading a pig decorated with ribbons. --Axel's Castle

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Tristan Corbière (July 18, 1845March 1, 1875), born Édouard-Joachim Corbière, a poet from Brittany who wrote in the French language, was born at the de Coat-Congar mansion in Morlaix (Bretagne), where he lived most of his life and where he died.

His work was little known until Paul Verlaine included him in his gallery of poètes maudits, "accursed poets;" but Verlaine's recommendation was enough to get his work noticed and established him as one of the masters acknowledged by the Symbolists.

His only published verse in his lifetime appeared in Les amours jaunes, 1873. Corbière died of tuberculosis at the age of 29.




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