on 11 March 2013
This is an ideal introduction to Mallarme. Pearson writes with charm and distinction both about the poetry and the life of the poet. In both respects he is deeply perceptive. His account of the turbulence of Mallarme's domestic world manages to be sympathetic and acute - not at all an easy feat given the mixture of illness (both mental and physical) and selfishness which afflicted this extraordinary poet. His introduction to the key moments in Mallarme's poetic development is likewise far-sighted and wholly admirable.
Above all, the book is very readable and is concise. A magnificent volume.