French Poets: Work of Gwendolyn Bays

I’m currently exploring the places where my grandmother’s work intersects with mine.

Gwendolyn Bays, 1917-2013

Raised by a single mother in rural Georgia, my grandmother received a PhD from Yale and became a French literature scholar and translator.

Samples of her work:

“The Orphic Vision of Nerval, Baudelaire, and Rimbaud”:

“Balzac as Seer”:

“Rimbaud – Father of Surrealism?”:

Review of Rimbaud et le problème des Illuminationsby Henry de Bouillane de LaCoste:


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