Last fall Edmund White published a biography of Arthur Rimbaud entitled Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel, and the poet's story seems a natural fit for the author of such moving stories of homosexual awakening as A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty. White distilled a snippet of Rimbaud's famous relationship with the older poet Paul Verlaine into a piece for the Guardian earlier this month, and anyone with overly romantic notions of the young Rimbaud need only read the following pull quote:
Good thing the boy could write. White is a such a great storyteller that even though I have already read Graham Robb's excellent (and comprehensive) biography of Rimbaud I'll probably give this new one a shot too. And I need to hit up Moe's for some volumes of gently-used poetry while I'm at it.