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The Book of Masks: French Symbolist & Decadent Writing of The 1890's
     

The Book of Masks: French Symbolist & Decadent Writing of The 1890's

by Remy De Gourmont, Terry Hale (Translator), Andrew Mangravite (Editor), Stuart Merrill (Translator), Felix Vallotton (Illustrator)
 

Fiction. This anthology is the largest ever selection from the Decadent and Symbolist writers of the French fin-de-siècle-a period whose social and spiritual ills had so much in common with those of today. The selection is based on a series of essays on contemporary writers published as THE BOOK OF MASKS by the foremost critic and author of the period:

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Fiction. This anthology is the largest ever selection from the Decadent and Symbolist writers of the French fin-de-siècle-a period whose social and spiritual ills had so much in common with those of today. The selection is based on a series of essays on contemporary writers published as THE BOOK OF MASKS by the foremost critic and author of the period: Remy de Gourmont. (The "masks" are remarkable portrait drawings by Felix Vallotton.) De Gourmont's essays brilliantly evoke the pre-occupations of each author, their genius and shortcomings, while simultaneously describing, and contributing to, the literary theories of the movement. His introduction provides one of the most important overviews of Symbolism and describes its gradual subsidence into its "dark side": decadence. De Gourmont's book consisted solely of essays, but the editor of this anthology has added characteristic texts from each writer to accompany them. Nearly fifty are included, ranging from the extraordinarily obscure and unjustly forgotten to the literary giants of the day. Here are works by Gide, Mallarmé, and Verlaine which have never before appeared in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780947757816
Publisher:
Atlas Press
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Series:
Atlas Arkhive Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.95(d)

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