Verlaine en vitrine : la mise en scène d’un « poète maudit » pour Nos Contemporains chez eux.

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Publication Date


Journal / Book Title

Les intérieurs de l’homme de lettres en vitrine, actes de l’Atelier de la SERD (2015)


This article reassesses a well-known series of 1892 photographs of poet Paul Verlaine "at home" (drinking absinthe in a Parisian cafe), orchestrated by celebrity photographer Dornac (Paul Cardon). Recently discovered documents provide insights into the role played by the poet himself in what would now be called a "photo shoot." Verlaine participated in the choice of location, the poses, the proofs, and the dissemination of the photographs themselves, thus dispelling the commonly held notion that he was exploited by a muckraking photographer. The article further argues for the importance of Verlaine's dissolute image for his poetic legacy while questioning the role the cultivation of public personas played for other writers who agreed to pose for "at home" celebrity portraits.

Book Publisher

Société des Etudes romantiques et et Dix-Neuviémistes, Atelier du XIXe siècle

Book Editor(s)

Marie-Clémence Régnier