Ernest Delahaye (1853-1930) is a French writer and biographer, close friend of Arthur Rimbaud, on whom he wrote.
Delahaye and Rimbaud met in April 1865 on the benches of the school in Charleville. He helped Rimbaud to copy his poems to distribute them to friends or acquaintances linked to the literary world. He was one of the seven recipients of the A Season in Hell (October 1873) brochure.
Delahaye witnesses the departure of his friend for Paris in 1871 and leaves to join him for a time.
In a letter to Ernest on October 14, 1875 was Rimbaud’s last poem.
It is through Rimbaud that Delahaye meets Paul Verlaine.
Verlaine’s poem “Sonnet lame” – À Ernest Delahaye is dedicated to him. A correspondence between the two has also been preserved.
Delahaye devoted many books to these two poets while pursuing a career as a civil servant at the Ministry of Education.
He is also the author of drawings representing Rimbaud and executed during his lifetime.