Rimbaud, Vitalie (1825)

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Rimbaud, Vitalie (1825) Gender: F
Marie Catherine Vitalie Cuif
born on 10 March 1825 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Chuffilly-Roche, France, 49n2653, 4e3628
Timezone LMT m4e3628 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 19°14' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 00°19 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 18°43'

Vitalie (1825) Rimbaud


French visionary poet Arthur Rimbaud's mother, she was born in Roche, now known as Chuffilly-Roche, close to Attigny. She was five when her mother died. She married Frédéric Rimbaud, an infantry officer who was frequently absent from home. Thus she raised their five children mostly on her own and in the Christian faith.

Arthur was their second child. After the birth of her youngest child, daughter Isabelle, in 1860, Captain Rimbaud never returned to the family home. After their separation, Mme Rimbaud called herself "Widow Rimbaud". She died on 1 August 1907 at age 82 in Roche.

The life of Vitalie Rimbaud, her character, her story, and the relationship between her and her son Arthur have fascinated many authors, from Suzanne Briet to Claude Jeancolas, including Yves Bonnefoy, Pierre Michon, Xavier Grall, Yanny Hureaux, Julien Gracq and many others.

She played a major role in his life, including advancing funds for the first printing of Une saison en enfer, joining him in London at his request, writing to Paul Verlaine to try to comfort him when he spoke of committing suicide, and, maintaining a privileged link with Arthur Rimbaud when he lived in Africa. She was nicknamed by her son La mère Rimb, or Mother.

(Rimbaud's mother, Vitalie Rimbaud, should not be confused with his first daughter Victorine-Pauline-Vitalie, born in 1857 who died in infancy, also called Vitalie Rimbaud, nor with the second, Jeanne Rosalie Vitalie, born in 1858 who died at the age of 17 in 1875, also called Vitalie Rimbaud and whose Journal de Vitalie has remained famous for understanding the youth of her older brother).

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Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file (Ardennes Archives, not numbered).

Previously Patrick de Jabrun quoted "archives" for 10 AM. He apologized for this mistake (it was Vitalie, same forename, but the daughter of Cuif-Rimbaud vitalie, who was born at 10:00).


  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Her mother died when she was 5)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Captain Frédéric Rimbaud)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Homosexual (Arthur Rimbaud, poet)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Arthur Rimbaud, poet)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 82)