Picture of Paul Verlaine, nineteenth century French poet and leader of the Symbolist movement
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Verlaine & Rimbaud, Armed & Dangerous
On this day in 1873 Paul Verlaine (pictured) shot Arthur Rimbaud in a Brussels hotel, wounding him in the wrist. Although not yet two years old, their relationship was in such sexual, emotional, financial and absinthe confusion that no specific motive seems relevant, but the Belgian courts were determined to convict Verlaine of assault, and gave him the maximum two-year sentence.

 

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