An anthology of French symbolist & decadent writing based upon The book of masks by Remy de Gourmont
The selection is based on a series of essays on contemporary writers published as The Book of Masks by the foremost critic and author of the period: Remy de Gourmont. (The "masks" are remarkable portrait drawings by Felix Vallotton.) De Gourmont's essays brilliantly evoke the pre-occupations of each author, their genius and shortcomings, while simultaneously describing, and contributing to, the literary theories of the movement. His introduction provides one of the most important overviews of Symbolism and describes its gradual subsidence into its "dark side": decadence. De Gourmont's book consisted solely of essays, but the editor of this anthology has added characteristic texts from each writer to accompany them. Nearly fifty are included, ranging from the extraordinary obscure and unjustly forgotten to the literary giants of the day. Here are works by Gide, Mallarme and Verlaine which have never before appeared in English.
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Re-read of one of my old university favorites. The most important book in the world to me - revelatory and inspiring, this shaped my literary tastes more than any other. Read full review
Andre Gide The Tractate Narcissus Theory of the Symbol
Francis Jammes Of Things
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