Wallis, Neville (ed)

Fin de Siècle. A selection of late 19th century literature and art chosen by Neville Wallis. With a note on the period by Holbrook Jackson.

London, Allan Wingate 1947.

Reference: 05929
Price: £18 [convert currency]

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8vo. 94+(2)pp, inc. 14 photo plates and woodcut and litho text ills. Publisher’s cloth.

An anthology of writings and illustrations from what the author terms ‘the Beardsley period’, including Wilde’s ‘The selfish giant’ (with an illustration by Walter Crane ), a reply to critics by Audrey Beardsley, an excerpt from ‘Marius the Epicurean’ by Walter Pater, a short essay (and many caricatures) by Max Beerbohm, poems by Arthur Symons and others, and cartoons by George du Maurier reproduced from Punch . The publication of such an anthology in 1947 is explained by Holbrook Jackson as symptomatic of a desire for an antidote to post-war exhaustion, by looking back to a ‘lost paradise of peace and plenty’.

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