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    Edgar Allan Poe

    The lovely bit of Odilon Redon, on the cover – "the eye, like a strange balloon, bears towards infinity" – does honour to Poe’s symbolist credentials; how nice to see him among his friends. But then the French always got on with Poe better – relished the style Baudelaire called "at once pure and strange," and filtered its rhetorical stylisation, its lyric abstractions through a language with rhetoric built in to it and a more succinct way with abstractions than English has. So Poe, like much writing in the Gothic mode, sounds infinitely more respectable in a French translation.

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