The tragic life of Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator of The Yellow Book, and Oscar Wilde's Salome) was, in addition to his untimely death at age 25, further marred by censorship. The famed illustrator had compiled his erotic text Story of Venus and Tannhauser into a couple of underground editions, but was only able to publish expurgated versions of the work in a magazine known as The Savoy--Beardsley was dismissed from the Yellow Book, a publication he had helped found, because of his friendship with Wilde, when the latter was ...