Autographed letter signed twice "Paul Verlaine" to Léon Deschamps Paris, August 23, 1892, 3 pages. Double letter in which the "Pauvre Lélian" subscribes to a monument in tribute to Baudelaire while renewing his unwavering admiration. "My dear Deschamps, thank you for the five francs handed over the day before yesterday. Here is my membership, enclosed.
Therefore, please send me a table of contents, and reserve, if possible, 1 etching. Announce that I am working on a collection of Élégies, complements to Chansons pour elle and Odes in his honor, to be published by Léon Vanier, etc, etc. So come and see me. For some time still here, eruption of blood, boil, independent of the ancient rheumatism and the decidedly patent diabetes.Every day from 1 to 3, Broussais salle Lasègue, 30/96 rue Didot. Verlaine Send me two or three of the next pens where there will be "O mademoiselle, etc.
" Paris, April 23, 92 By Jove! Baudelaire was my dearest fanaticism and is, that is to say, will remain one of my greatest admirations. Rodin agrees to execute the work, either as a medallion or a bust. Verlaine himself agrees to participate in the subscription, despite his eternal financial worries. He takes advantage of his letter to announce to Deschamps that he is working on his new collection, Élégies (1893), a complement to Chansons pour Elle (1891) and Odes in his honor (1893), all inspired by his stormy and passionate relationships with his mistresses Philomène Boudin and Eugénie Krantz.
The controversy will last several months, ultimately causing the project to fail. "Baudelaire was my dearest fanaticism". Verlaine's unwavering admiration for Baudelaire is well known. Although he never met his idol, the young poet, 23 years old at the time, was part of the famous funeral procession on September 2, 1867.
He wrote two articles recounting the event: one published the day after the funeral, and the other as a "free platform". For La Plume on October 19, 1890. Le Figaro Littéraire - April 7, 1923, by Armand Lods (the letter is not transcribed in full there).