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Aesthetes and Decadents of the 1890s: An Anthology of British Poetry and Prose Paperback – August 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0897330442 ISBN-10: 0897330447 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 2nd edition (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897330447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897330442
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... this anthology has never been bettered....The selections are first-rate..." — Washington Post

About the Author

Karl Beckson wass editor or co-editor of three previous books on leading figures of the 1890's, most recently Max and Will: Max Beerbohm and William Rothenstein, their Friendship and Letters. Professor of English at Brooklyn College, CUNY, he took his BA at Arizona and his PhD at Columbia. He died in 2008.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Gustafson on December 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Almost all of the authors collected here drank deeply of French influence, and wrote under the colossal shadow of Baudelaire, Verlaine, and Mallarme. Those expecting something equal to those masters will be disappointed.

Some of them came close. E.g. Theodore Wratislaw:

I love you for the grief that lurks within
Your languid spirit, and because you wear
Corruption with a vague and childish air
And with your beauty know the depths of sin; . . .

not bad verse, until some spoilsport points out that all Wratislaw has done here is to make a sonnet out of Pater's observations on the Mona Lisa. And then again, some of these authors fall flat on their face, like Richard LeGallienne, who makes 'Beauty Accurst' say:

The sleepy kine move round me in desire
And press their oozy lips upon my hair,
Toads kiss my feet and creatures of the mire,
The snails will leave their shells to watch me there

lines that surely belong in the -Stuffed Owl Anthology-.

But of course, none of this is the fault of the learned editor who collected all of this neglected Yellow Book material, and who has expanded the helpful introduction and bibliography from the first edition. There is much worth reading here: Aubrey Beardsley's hilarious dedication of his erotic novella -Under the Hill- to a fictitious cardinal of the Roman church; the poems of Ernest Dowson and Arthur Symons; and of course, the -Ballad of Reading Gaol- and -Salomé-.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Dutile on March 23, 2014
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Bought it for class but it's a lot more interesting then i thought it would and i enjoy reading it
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