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Aubrey Beardsley and the nineties
Raby, Peter.
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Publication Information:
London : Collins & Brown, 1998.
Physical Description:
120 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Central Library NC242.B3 R33 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Aubrey Beardsley's art epitomises an age, often referred to as the 'Beardsley period'. In this book his letters and the memoirs and anecdotes of his mother, sister and contemporaries are complemented by numerous illustrations of his own works.

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This "Beardsley year," marking the 100th anniversary of the artist/illustrator's death, has resulted in a number of new books; Raby's is a short, lively survey of the artist and the aesthetic milieu in which he flourished. Beardsley's drawings are famous for their wit and originality and, in many instances, notorious for their blatant sexuality. Raby, who has published on Victorian culture, including a book on Beardsley's associate Oscar Wilde, stresses the significance of the artist's work for magazines and advertisements, which meant that it was "public, accessible and unmissable." Raby accompanies his text with numerous black-and-white illustrations, each with brief and usually succinct comment. Libraries on a restricted budget will find this book useful. But serious students of British art will want to stick with one of the many more extensive studies now available, including Chris Snodgrass's Aubrey Beardsley, Dandy of the Grotesque (CH, Dec'95) and, more recently, Stephen Calloway's Aubrey Beardsley (CH, Jun'98). The "Beardsley year" is likely to spawn more books on this fascinating artist. List of publications with Beardsley illustrations; brief "further reading" section in lieu of a bibliography. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. W. S. Rodner; Tidewater Community College

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