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The cultured and Decadent stream of the overdue nineteenth century spawned the belief of "Art for Art's Sake," challenged aesthetic criteria and surprised the bourgeosie. From Walter Pater's examine, "The Renaissance to Salome, the actually decadent collaboration among Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, Karl Beckson has selected an entire spectrum of works that chronicle the British inventive fulfillment of the Eighteen Nineties. during this revised version of a vintage anthology, "The Ballad of interpreting Gaol" has been integrated in its entirety; the bibliography has been thoroughly up to date; Professor Beckson's notes and observation were elevated from the 1st variation released in 1966. The so-called Decadent or Aesthetic interval is still some of the most fascinating within the heritage of the humanities. The poetry and prose of such writers as Yeats, Wilde, Symons, Johnson, Dowson, Barlas, Pater and others are integrated during this assortment, besides 16 of Aubrey Beardsley's drawings.

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