Madder Music, Stronger Wine: The Life of Ernest Dowson, Poet and Decadent

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Ernest Dowson, a major poet of the Victorian Decadent period, alcoholic, and severe depressive, died in 1900 at 32. He created much of his best work while suffering from tuberculosis. The most tragic of his generation, his life is a story of doomed love and adversity. Adams explores how the poet's strange delights and sexual excesses were worked into his lyrical verse.

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Ernest Dowson, a major poet of the Victorian Decadent period, alcoholic, and severe depressive, died in 1900 at 32. He created much of his best work while suffering from tuberculosis. The most tragic of his generation, his life is a story of doomed love and adversity. Adams explores how the poet's strange delights and sexual excesses were worked into his lyrical verse.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Adams's artful, assured biography illuminates his subject with penetrating understanding and sensitivity.
Los Angeles Times
well-researched, sympathetic and unusually well-written...Adams has made Dowson's life colorful, affecting and absorbing. His approach is exemplary: neither censorious nor adulatory...He has a bedrock common sense that enables him to portray Dowson and his decadent friends with a pinch of salt.
Sherie Posesorski
Jad Adams, who has written a book on Indian politics and another on Tony Benn, illuminates, with penetrating understanding and sensitivity, how life presented Dowson ''with suffering, and he returned it as beauty.'' ...Adams's artful, assured biography is a moving evocation of the sadly prophetic truth of one of Dowson's most quoted lines, ''They are not long, the days of wine and roses.''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860647147
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/12/2002
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jad Adams is a producer of history documentaries and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Table of Contents

The Pagan Child
• The Pessimistic Student
• Dowson and Son
• The Serious Rhymers
• Down Among the Daycadongs
• Moral Torture
• The Adventure of Literature
• Bright Lights
• Decadent Disintegration
• Savoy Days
• Paris Nights
• Savage Beauty
• The Devil's Dance
• The Valley of Humiliation
• The Dying of Ernest Dowson
• The Dowson Legacy
• Appendix: Dowson's Major Works

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