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The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Oscar Wilde
159308059X
December 2003
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Book Description
Oscar Wilde’s legendary wit dazzles in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the greatest and most popular works of drama to emerge from Victorian England. A light-hearted satire of the absurdity of all forms and conventions, this comic masterpiece features an unforgettable cast of characters who, as critic Max Beerbohm observed, “speak a kind of beautiful nonsense—the language of high comedy, twisted into fantasy.” This collection also includes Oscar Wilde’s most famous comedies, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, as well as his poetic tragedy Salomé—all written between 1891 and 1895, Wilde’s most creative period. George Bernard Shaw said of Oscar Wilde that he is “our most...


Aesthetes and Decadents of the 1890's
Aubrey Beardsley
0897330447
Aug 2003
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Prophet
Kahlil Gibran
064626642X
May 1996
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Aubrey Beardsley
Stephen Calloway
0810940094
March 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
There was little that fin-de-siècle artist Aubrey Beardsley's famous gold-nibbed pen could not illustrate--drawings, posters, bookbindings. Though he died of tuberculosis at the age of 25, he left an enormous body of work behind that found a willing audience during his lifetime in the more outré circles of the "naughty '90s" and now symbolizes the decadence of the 1890s. Beardsley possessed an astonishing range of expression, but he is perhaps most famous for his outrageous erotic drawings--many of which adorned such artistic magazines as the Savoy and the Yellow Book. He pushed public opinion to the limit with his sequence of graphic illustrations for Aristophanes's Lysistrata, which, deemed obscene, remained unpublished until 1966.

Biographer Stephen Calloway curated the centenary exhibition of...



Best Works of Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsley
0486262731
July 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
Rich selection of 170 boldly executed black-and-white illustrations ranging from illustrations for Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Balzac’s La Comedie Humaine to magazine cover designs, book plates, title-page ornaments for books, silhouettes and delightful mini portraits of major composers.


Salome
Aubrey Beardsley
0486218309
June 1967
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Book Description
Lord Alfred Douglas’ translation of Wilde’s great play (originally written in French), with all well-known Beardsley illustrations, including suppressed plates. The best edition. 28 Beardsley illustrations; introduction by Robert Ross.


History of Beauty
Umberto Eco (Editor)
0847826465
December 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it also has a lot to do with the beholder's cultural standards. In History of Beauty, renowned author Umberto Eco sets out to demonstrate how every historical era has had its own ideas about eye-appeal. Pages of charts that track archetypes of beauty through the ages ("nude Venus," "nude Adonis," and so forth) may suggest that this book is a historical survey of beautiful people portrayed in art. But History of Beauty is really about the history of philosophical and perceptual notions of perfection and how they have been applied to ideas and objects, as well as to the human body. This survey ranges over such themes as the mathematics of ideal proportions, the problem of representing ugliness, the fascination of the exotic and art for art's sake. Along the way, the text examines the...


The Rape of the Lock
Alexander Pope
0486219631
June 1968
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Book Description
Current publication reproduces "ideal" 1896 edition in which text, typography and illustration complement each other. 10 great illustrations capture the mock-heroic, delicate fancy of Pope’s poem.


King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (Everyman's Library)
Richard Lancelyn Green
0679423117
November 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
Retold out of the old romances, this collection of Arthurian tales endeavors to make each adventure--"The Quest for the Round Table, " "The First Quest of Sir Lancelot, " "How the Holy Grail Came to Camelot, " and so forth--part of a fixed pattern that effectively presents the whole story, as it does in Le Morte D'Arthur, but in a way less intimidating to young readers. (All Ages)

Card catalog description
A retelling of the story of the boy fated to be the "true-born King of Britain," covering his glorious reign and his tragic, yet triumphant, passing.

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Salome
Oscar Wilde
0828314675
June 1989
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Book Description
Written originally in French in 1892, Wilde's one-act tragedy Salome was translated into English by Lord Alfred Douglas, inspired some of Aubrey Beardsley's finest illustrations, and served as the text (in abridged form) for Strauss' renowned opera of the same name. A masterpiece of the Aesthetic movement, it enacts the biblical tale of a wanton woman's erotic dance and the martyrdom of John the Baptist. This volume reprints the complete text of the first English edition (1894), including "A Note on Salome" by Robert Ross.


Aubrey Beardsley
Stanley Weintraub
0595008089
Aug 2000
Paperback
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John Russell, New York Times Book Review
"as a biography--a life's story--the book needs no successor."

Book Description
At twenty the "Fra Angelico of Satanism", as Roger Fry was to call Aubrey Beardsley, was an obscure clerk in a London insurance firm. Three years later he was the most notorious — and perhaps the most influential — artist in England.

Here, then, is the marvelous boy—he died at twenty-five—as human being and as complex and tragic genius, in the rich context of 150 examples of his graphic art.

The original version of Aubrey Beardsley was a National Book Award nominee.



Beardsley's Le Morte Darthur: Selected Illustrations
Aubrey Beardsley
0486417956
August 2001
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Book Description
His illustrations for the 1893–1894 Dent edition of the great Thomas Malory classic made Aubrey Beardsley famous virtually overnight. He not only demonstrated dazzling power and imagination but also captured the critical attention of the international art world—and fired the imaginations of generations of artists with what became known as the “Beardsley look.” This volume contains a rich selection of those splendid drawings, including floral and foliated openings, fauns and satyrs, initials, ornaments, and much more. Characters from Arthurian legend are portrayed in splendid full-page illustrations, bordered with evocative and fecund sinuosities of plant and flower. Artists and designers will find here a source of superb designs, graphics, and motifs for royalty-free use. 66 black-and-white...


Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s: The Imperfect Wagnerites
Emma Sutton
0198187327
December 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This volume is an interdisciplinary study of the influence of the operas, writing, and personality of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) on the work of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). In exploring Beardsley's often iconoclastic versions--or perversions--of Wagner's work Aubrey Beardsley and British
Wagernism in the 1890s aims to investigate the role of Wagnerism with "fin-de-siecle" British culture, in particular the relations between Wagnerism and contemporary decadence.


Decadence and Catholicism
Ellis Hanson
0674194446
Feb 1998
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Hanson (English, Cornell Univ.) examines 19th-century aesthetes who found in the Roman Catholic Church an outlet for artistic and sexual expression. Many writers, such as Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, and Walter Pater, have been attracted to the improbable mixture of chaste devotion and homoeroticism that exists in the materialistic Church. The perplexing question is: Why are so many homosexuals attracted to Catholic institutions that condemn homosexuality and, as a rule, are not permitted to sublimate? This seduction expresses itself in the decadent writings of the Victorian writers, and Hanson studies these writings of sexual pleasure as an important element of religious experience as well as a source of inspiration for the writers. Scholarly in tone, this is for larger literary collections.?Leo Vincent Kriz,...


Decadence and Catholicism
Ellis Hanson
0674194462
Feb 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Hanson (English, Cornell Univ.) examines 19th-century aesthetes who found in the Roman Catholic Church an outlet for artistic and sexual expression. Many writers, such as Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, and Walter Pater, have been attracted to the improbable mixture of chaste devotion and homoeroticism that exists in the materialistic Church. The perplexing question is: Why are so many homosexuals attracted to Catholic institutions that condemn homosexuality and, as a rule, are not permitted to sublimate? This seduction expresses itself in the decadent writings of the Victorian writers, and Hanson studies these writings of sexual pleasure as an important element of religious experience as well as a source of inspiration for the writers. Scholarly in tone, this is for larger literary collections.?Leo Vincent Kriz,...


Aubrey Beardsley: Symbol, Mask, and Self-Irony, Vol. 35
Milly Heyd
082040277X
January 1986
Hardcover
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