LONDON (AFP) – The London home where French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine had a tempestuous affair has gone on sale, threatening plans for it to house an arts centre.
The 19th-century poets had a scandalous homosexual liaison, living for a few months at the house in Camden in north London, which is their only surviving address in the city.
It was here that the poets broke up after Verlaine slapped Rimbaud in the face with a fish. Their story has been turned into Total Eclipse, a 1995 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The house has gone on the market for £1.75 million (S$3.1 million) after the current owner, Mr Michael Corby, had previously backed plans to turn it into a “Poetry House” open to visitors and holding cultural events.
Mr Corby could not immediately be contacted for comment.
Mr Graham Henderson, chief executive of the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation,