Apart from being a literary prodigy, the poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) is known above all else as a rebel, "the first and greatest poet of revolt", as Camus hailed him. But was he in any sense a socialist writer?
Sebastian Hayes argues that he definitely was and that through his involvement with the Paris Commune Rimbaud was thoroughly immersed in radical political thought and revolutionary action.
In France, as was once said, “We don’t do reforms - only revolutions” and Rimbaud's short but brilliant life appears to fully justify the claim.
An experienced actor and storyteller, Sebastian Hayes is the author of two collections of poems, and a book of short stories. In 2007, he published a new translation of Rimbaud’s Une Saison en Enfer/A Season in Hell, complete with Notes and a lengthy re-evaluation of Rimbaud Rimbaud Revisited 1968 – 2006.
Monday 25th October 6.30pm
Arthur Rimbaud and the Paris Commune - Sebastian Hayes
£2.50/ £1 Concessions
Marx Memorial Library
37A CLERKENWELL GREEN, LONDON