RIMBAUD, Arthur (1854-1891); MAPPLETHORPE, Robert (1946-1989)
A season in hell
Translated by Paul Schmidt. With photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe. [New York] : The Limited Editions CLub, 1986. Quarto, black-lettered red morocco, cloth slipcase, pp xii, 87; printed letterpress, with 8 photogravures by Mapplethorpe. Limited to 1000 numbered copies, signed by Mapplethorpe and Schmidt.
Schmidt’s revised translation of Rimbaud’s Un saison en enfer, written when the poet was just 18 years old. Mapplethorpe was 40 when he accepted the commission to produce photographs for the poem. He discovered he was HIV positive the same year, and passed away in 1989.
“It is a work of adolescent passion—not the passion of exuberance, but passion as suffering. It is the record of a failed attempt to create a new identity by creating a new world. Passion is universal, yet some particular facts may help to explain Rimbaud’s feelings, to illuminate the smokey density, the nerve-edge screams, the sulfurous flicker of this little book.” – Paul Schmidt, the Introduction