Born in France in 1854, Rimbaud lived a short and eventful life before his death from cancer aged just 37. A literary phenom, the young Frenchman published his first literary work at the tender age of 15 (a poem called “The Orphans’ New Year’s Gifts”), followed by his masterpiece ‘A Drunken Boat”, a mere year later. Generally accepted to be the father of surrealist poetry and with several famous admirers (including Victor Hugo), Rimbaud’s infamous party lifestyle would eventually curtail his literary output and he stopped producing work entirely by the time of his 20th birthday. His latter years were spent travelling throughout the Middle East and gunrunning for the Ethiopian Army. He died in Marseille, France, in 1891.