Books: Baudelaire with Loving Care*

GARDENER OF EVIL—Pierre Loving— Brewer and Warren ($2.50).

Unless you are a student of French literature you probably think of Charles Baudelaire as an overrated, vaguely Satanic poet who wrote a slim volume called Flews du Mai and wanted to be thought more wicked than he was. Biographer Pierre Loving does not so much correct this impression as amplify it. His story of Baudelaire and his times, written as a novel, is solid and appetizing with plenty of factual meat made more appetizing by the artistic sauce.

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