Books: Tip of the WIng

BAUDELAIRE—FLOWER OF EVIL—Francois Porché—Horace Liveright ($3.50).

The great as well as the infamous have apologists. Baudelaire, who was a little of both, has had many. The greatest were Arthur Symons and James Huneker who adored him with exquisite words. The least lyric and most informative was Eugene Crépet. The latest is the sympathetic Francois Porché. He, the fashion of many easy-going raphers, did little more than rewrite in better prose and form the Crépet biography. But his dedication gracefully admits it.

In his life Baudelaire...

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