It is beautiful to see how people who write about Baudelaire fall in love with him. There is something magnificent about his pride. His aloofness, the clear outline which the intentness of his concern draws around everything he writes, the impeccability of his stance, are, through a paradox which is at the core of his work, what enable the reader to feel so close to him. He offers himself to the world as irreducibly set apart: yet he creates an intimacy which thrills.
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