The Drunken Inkwell – Arthur Rimbaud

Katy Masuga

in Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651986 | DOI:
The Drunken Inkwell – Arthur Rimbaud

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This chapter is concerned with Arthur Rimbaud, a figure in Miller's work similar to that of Doestoevsky, and looks at his renunciation of poetry to become a ‘normal’ person outside of literature. It shows Miller paralleling himself with Rimbaud as opposite sides of the same coin. The chapter identifies Rimbaud's significance for Miller, which goes beyond the biographical matches, and into their very personal and deep views on literature.

Keywords: Arthur Rimbaud; renunciation; poetry; biographical matches; personal views; literature; parallelism

Chapter.  11516 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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