VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed « PV » [to Charles Morice]
Coulommes, wednesday (September or October 1884) ; 1 page in-8

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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed « PV » [to Charles Morice]
Coulommes, wednesday (September or October 1884) ; 1 page in-8

Unpublished letter, written in telegraphic style, about a new publication of his saphic poems Les Amies in Jadis et Naguère


« Cher ami, Dieu merci, je vais mieux. J’espère même aller à Paris très bientôt. Vous préviendrai d’avance. Viendriez au devant de moi gare de l’Est.
Ecris à d’Orfer par ce courrier pour Amies. Savoir quoi et comment.
Vanier m’envoie épreuves de Jadis et Naguère. Renvoyé corrigées déjà 16 pages.
Toujours ennuyé p[ou]r argent.
A bientôt sonnets mâles pour intercalation avec Amies dans Vers a la manière de plusieurs [section du futur Jadis et Naguère]. D’ailleurs vous verrai bientôt. Mais que c’est emmerdant de manquer d’os. A vous de cœur. PV »


Les Amies is a pamphlet of poems by Paul Verlaine published clandestinely under the pseudonym Pablo de Herlagnez in December 1867. This is the second collection published by Verlaine after the Saturnian poems in 1866.
In 1872-1873 Verlaine again thought of the collection and asked his friend Lepelletier to send him the sonnets to London, where he traveled with Rimbaud; but his altercation with the poet and his prison sentence prevent him from carrying out what was perhaps a re-release project. A reissue project was launched by his friend Leo d’Orfer in 1883, but was unsuccessful. The poems were finally published in 1884, in The Independent Review of October. Verlaine then plans to group Les Amies poems into his collection Jadis et Naguère. it was in Parallèlement that they were finally reissued in 1889.

We would like to thank Olivier Bivort for his help in completing the description of this letter