Picture of Arthur Rimbaud, poet; nineteenth century French Literature and poetry
Book Art by Jim Rosenau
Rimbaud, Africa
On this day in 1885 Arthur Rimbaud wrote to his mother that he had decided to give up his more sedate job as a coffee-trader in Ethiopia, so beginning the last phase of his wild, infamous and short life: "... Several thousand rifles are on their way to me from Europe. I am going to set up a caravan, and carry this merchandise to Menelik, the king of Shoa...."

 

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