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The classy and Decadent move of the overdue nineteenth century spawned the assumption 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 success of the Nineties. during this revised variation of a vintage anthology, "The Ballad of analyzing Gaol" has been incorporated in its entirety; the bibliography has been thoroughly up to date; Professor Beckson's notes and remark were extended from the 1st version released in 1966. The so-called Decadent or Aesthetic interval is still the most attention-grabbing 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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