Charles Baudelaire (or "Chuck" as we call him around here) is known throughout the world as one of the greatest French poets of the 19th century. He was radical, brilliant, and obsessed with all things sensual; so much so that, with other poetic friends, neighbors, and hangers-on, he formed the literary group known as "The Decadents" (and proud of it.). Folks like to say that he led a cynical and despairing lifestyle, but he could sure write a poem.
"There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness." -Charles Baudelaire.
His best known collection of poems, Les Fleur du Mal or The Flowers of Evil was published in 1857, followed by a second edition in 1861. He died in his mid 40's from the complications of a stroke. He left his mark. For a fuller version of his life, see our blog post, Who Was Baudelaire Anyway?