23 November 2011

Arthur Rimbaud and the Vilains bonhommes, 6th arrondissement, Paris, France: Literary Île-de-France #36

At the corner of the rue Bonaparte and the rue du Vieux Colombier the literary group 'Vilains bonshommes' met on the first floor of what was then the Denogeant restaurant. These were such people as Paul Verlaine, Elzear Bonnier, Léon Valade, Émile Blémont, Jean Aicard, Ernest d'Hervilly, and Camille Pelletier, and it was here that 1871 Arthur Rimbaud read 'Le Bateau ivre' for the first time, or 'launched' it is without doubt a better expression.

In June 2010 a plaque was erected here by the Association des Amis d'Arthur Rimbaud:
 
'Ici
en 1871
le poéte
ARTHUR RIMBAUD
a lancé
le BATEAU IVRE
Les ami de RIMBAUD
16 juin 2010'

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