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By Karl Beckson

the cultured and Decadent circulate of the overdue nineteenth century spawned the belief of "Art for Art's Sake," challenged aesthetic criteria and stunned the bourgeosie. From Walter Pater's learn, "The Renaissance to Salome, the actually decadent collaboration among Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, Karl Beckson has selected a whole spectrum of works that chronicle the British inventive fulfillment of the Nineties. during this revised variation of a vintage anthology, "The Ballad of examining Gaol" has been integrated in its entirety; the bibliography has been thoroughly up to date; Professor Beckson's notes and statement were multiplied from the 1st version released in 1966. The so-called Decadent or Aesthetic interval continues to be probably the most fascinating within the historical past of the humanities. The poetry and prose of such writers as Yeats, Wilde, Symons, Johnson, Dowson, Barlas, Pater and others are incorporated during this assortment, in addition to 16 of Aubrey Beardsley's drawings.

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