At age 20, the "Fra Angelico of Satanism", as Roger Fry was to call Aubrey Beardsley, was an obscure clerk in a London insurance firm. Three years later he was the most notorious--and perhaps the most influential--artist in England.
Here, then, is the marvelous boy--he died at 25--as human being and as complex and tragic genius, in the rich context of 150 examples of his graphic art.
The original version of Aubrey Beardsley was a National Book Award nominee.
Stanley Weintraub is Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Penn State University and the author of notable histories and biographies including 11 Days in December, Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce, MacArthur's War, Long Day's Journey into War, and A Stillness Heard Round the World: The End of the Great War. He lives in Newark, Delaware.