The Dedalus book of English decadence: vile emperors and elegant degenerates

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Dedalus, 2004 - Fiction - 199 pages
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Avatars and acolytes Byron, De Quincey, Wilde and more, are here, all at their unwholesome best. English Decadence was not a polite response to French invention, but the hothouse blossoming of long, indigenous researches into the perverse. Like Imperial Rome, England could hardly subdue and rule the globe without becoming corrupt. The Romantics tried rebellion, but amid Victorian industry, terminally-fatigued Decadents concerned themselves with cultivating their addiction to luxury and sensation. This is the most wide-ranging, important collection of English decadent writing ever published.

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User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

If you like Decadence as much as I do then reading this is like book porn. Only complaint which is also positive is that its more an introduction to Decadent authors and their works, since you only get a few chapters per their books and one or two poems per author. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
LINES WRITTEN DURING A PERIOD
41
DARKNESS Lord Byron
50
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

James Willsher is a pale clerk who lives in East Anglia in England. He scours the country in search of lost and forgotten literary treasures.

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