Beardsley, with his infamous reputation, tragic life and instantly recognisable style, is one of the paradigmatic figures of the Modern Age, who ...Show synopsisBeardsley, with his infamous reputation, tragic life and instantly recognisable style, is one of the paradigmatic figures of the Modern Age, who worked hard to fashion his persona. Born in Brighton in 1872 of lower-class parents and diagnosed a consumptive at the age of seven, Beardsley quickly established himself as a precocious talent. His erotic, decadent illustrations for Oscar Wilde's "Salome" set the tone of his style: by turn shocking, facetious and cruel. Elongated and androgynous himself, he was readily confused with his own degenerate pictures. Sex suffuses his art and accounts for the mixture of fascination and horror with which his pictures were viewed by contemporaries.Hide synopsis
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Description:Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. A...Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. A clean, tight and unmarked book in similar unclipped dust jacket showing some light cornerwear. Very neat. Illustrated, index. xii, 404p.
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Description:Good++ in Good+ Dust Jacket Ex-Library. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. ...Good++ in Good+ Dust Jacket Ex-Library. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. (Aubrey Beardsley), (A Biography), (1999 Hardcover Edition), normal library labels and stamps, dust jacket in cleaned mylar, very minor edge bumps on front cover, hinges very slightly shaken and not torn, pages clean, x, 404 pp. --(Includes: Epilogue, Bibliographical Note, Notes, Index, pp. 353-404)--[P1]
Description:404pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] 1/4 black cloth with black paper covered...404pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] 1/4 black cloth with black paper covered boards and a silver stamped title on the spine. Decorative endsheets. Fine. Aubrey Beardsley died when he was about to turn twenty-six. During his short life he became one of the defining figures of the fin de siecle. He redefined the limits of black and white art. He was particularly famous for his illustrations for Salome and The Yellow Book. This is a very intriguing and definitive account of Beardsley's life.
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Sturgis draws a simpathic picture of this great illistrator and his times. Although I must say his strict adherance to chonological order of events does make for rather uninteresting reading.
I sense that Sturgis, by his tone, is somewhat homophobic. In fact, the books style is very much in the attitudes of the 1890's. Over all, a "good" book
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