Very Good+ to Near Fine in Good to Very Good jacket. 1st Printing. 154 page hardcover, includes an Index. "The cult of decadence is frequently dismissed as an eccentricity of French literature, a late development of the Romantic neurosis, affecting the lunatic fringe of letters during the last third of the nineteenth century. But Western man is always uneasy about the civilization he creates, and Dr. Carter takes the view that the decadent movement of the nineteenth century was another manifestation of that uneasiness-tricked out in the conceits and attitude of the time (late Romanticism, Symbolism, and certain medical theories then fashionable). The triumphant facade of the late nineteenth century concealed, after all, the doubts and hesitations of other ages, and the theory of decadence was a protest against the comfortable belief that human reason had solved or would solve all the old problems. Without knowing it, these writers were prophetic. They produced the literature of a disaster-though it had not yet taken place. We no longer need to hunt up atrocities in an obscure Latin chronicler as did the decadent authors-they are in the newspapers. Dr. Carter writes with precision and style. In developing his argument, he brings together for the first time a mass of documentation on the evolution and decline of the decadent movement in French literature. Certain ideas dealt with, such as the cult of primitivism, have had a very wide influence on all occidental thought, from the Greeks and Romans down to Spengler and Toynbee." Very nice copy: spine square/minor bumping at heel, blacked-out name on front fixed endpaper/front free endpaper has a rectangular glue stain (just the "frame"; no glue in the center; looks like somebody applied the glue for a bookplate but then never attached it or it fell off) else the book is in excellent condition (pages white) with NO markings throughout. The dj is a little rubbed but looks great except for the upper edge: a few largish chips/a little creasing/one short tear else it's in excellent condition, also, and attractive. NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, NOT a remainder, dj NOT price-clipped (though no price on front flap, like many university press books). Very Good+ to Near Fine in Good to Very Good dj.
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The idea of decadence in French literature,1830-1900.
by Alfred Edward Carter
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