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French Decadent Tales : World's Classics - Stephen Romer

French Decadent Tales

World's Classics

By: Stephen Romer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th May 2013
ISBN: 9780199569274
Number Of Pages: 272

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"He had become the dandy of the unpredictable."

A quest for new sensations--and an avowed desire to shock--possessed the Decadent writers of fin-de-siecle Paris. Indeed, the years 1880-1900 saw an extraordinary, hothouse flowering of talent, that produced some of the most exotic, stylized, and cerebral literature in the French language. Death and Eros haunt these pages, and a polymorphous perversity by turns hilarious and horrifying. Their stories teem with addicts, maniacs, and murderers as they strive to outdo each other.

This marvelous selection by Stephen Romer-whose translations brilliantly capture the stylish wit and black humor of the originals--brings together 36 of the best decadent tales from the French fin-de-siecle, including work by well-known writers such as Maupassant, Lorrain, Mirbeau, and Villiers as well as lesser known figures such as Leon Bloy, Jean Richepin, and the Belgian Georges Rodenbach. Romer's engaging introduction provides a full context for the stories, underscoring the principal literary, philosophical, scientific, and political trends of the time, which fed into their authors' loathing of the modern world, and the discovery of the Unconscious.

The book also includes biographical notes on the authors and explanatory notes to clarify cultural references, plus a chronology of the key publications and main events of the period.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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[A] beautifully translated anthology * Graham Robb, TLS *

JULES BARBEY D'AUREVILLY (1808-89) Don Juan's Crowning Love Affair LÉON BLOY (1846-1917) A Dentist Terribly Punished The Last Bake The Lucky Sixpence GUSTAVE GEFFROY (1855-1926) The Statue RÉMY DE GOURMONT (1858-1915) Danaette Don Juan's Secret The Faun On the Threshold JULES LAFORGUE (1860-87) Perseus and Andromeda JEAN LORRAIN (1895-1906) An Unidentified Crime The Man with the Bracelet The Student's Tale The Man Who Loved Consumptives PIERRE LOUYS (1870-1925) A Case without Precedent GUY DE MAUPASSANT (1850-93) At the Death-Bed The Night A Walk The Tresses CATULLE MENDÈS (1841-1909) What the Shadow Demands GUSTAVE MIRBEAU (1848-1927) The Bath The First Emotion The Little Summer-House On a Cure JEAN RICHEPIN (1849-1926) Constant Guignard Deshoulières Pft! Pft! GEORGE RODENBACH (1855-98) The Time MARCEL SCHWOB (1867-1905) The Brothel The Sans-Gueule 52 and 53 Orfila Lucretius, Poet Paolo Uccello, Painter VILLIERS DE L'ISLE ADAM (1838-89) Sentimentalism The Presentiment The Desire to be a Man

ISBN: 9780199569274
ISBN-10: 0199569274
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 19th May 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.2

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