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 research, "The Renaissance to Salome, the really decadent collaboration among Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, Karl Beckson has selected an entire spectrum of works that chronicle the British creative success of the Eighteen Nineties. during this revised variation of a vintage anthology, "The Ballad of studying Gaol" has been incorporated in its entirety; the bibliography has been thoroughly up-to-date; Professor Beckson's notes and observation were increased from the 1st version released in 1966. The so-called Decadent or Aesthetic interval is still probably the most fascinating within the historical past 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, in addition to 16 of Aubrey Beardsley's drawings.
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