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Paul Verlaine, 1844-1896

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1844.03.30
Place of Birth: Metz
Date of Death: 1896.01.08
Place of Death: Paris


Paul Verlaine married Mathilde Maute (age 16), and they had one son; however, they were divorced whilst Verlaine was in prison for shooting Rimbaud with whom he had homosexual affair. In prison he converted to Catholicism.


Verlaine was a poet and amateur painter. He is known for some of his portraits, caricatures and silhouettes. The Library of Doucet at the Library of Sainte-Geneviéeve holds a large number of his decorative manuscriopts and sketches


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61.Encylopedia Britannica, on-line edition, (accessed 2005).