Author Archives: James J. Conway

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Pearls: Octave Mirbeau

The great provocateur of French letters, who died 100 years ago today

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Pearls: Octave Mirbeau

The great provocateur of French letters, who died 100 years ago today

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La vie en Palais Rose

The collection of Boni de Castellane and Anna Gould

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La vie en Palais Rose

The collection of Boni de Castellane and Anna Gould

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17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

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17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

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Late entries

A few book titles from late 2016 you may have missed…

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Late entries

A few book titles from late 2016 you may have missed…

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Ta-ra Rasputin

100 years since feckless, frocked-up Felix Yusupov helped eliminate the man who held Russia’s imperial family under his spell

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Ta-ra Rasputin

100 years since feckless, frocked-up Felix Yusupov helped eliminate the man who held Russia’s imperial family under his spell

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“Suicide must be a vocation”

“You are all poets and I’m on the side of death.” It’s Demotivational Quote of the Day brought to you by everyone’s favourite Dadaist nihilist, Jacques Rigaut.

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“Suicide must be a vocation”

“You are all poets and I’m on the side of death.” It’s Demotivational Quote of the Day brought to you by everyone’s favourite Dadaist nihilist, Jacques Rigaut.

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Walking in a Weimar wonderland

Walking in Berlin, Franz Hessel’s classic non-fiction account of the city in the Weimar era, finally available in English

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Walking in a Weimar wonderland

Walking in Berlin, Franz Hessel’s classic non-fiction account of the city in the Weimar era, finally available in English

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All I’ve got is a s-s-s-single bed

Klaus Mann entertains gentlemen callers in a new Berlin exhibition which also addresses sister Erika

Rinaldo Hopf: Klaus und Erika Mann (detail)

All I’ve got is a s-s-s-single bed

Klaus Mann entertains gentlemen callers in a new Berlin exhibition which also addresses sister Erika

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Pearls: Erika Mann

“An investigation has been going on that could not help casting doubts upon my character…”

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Pearls: Erika Mann

“An investigation has been going on that could not help casting doubts upon my character…”

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A dandy in aspic

Monsieur de Bougrelon covers the waterfront in Jean Lorrain’s singular, intoxicating novella

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A dandy in aspic

Monsieur de Bougrelon covers the waterfront in Jean Lorrain’s singular, intoxicating novella

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Working the room

British poet David Gascoyne, born 100 years ago today, lets his dinner – and his date – go cold as he pursues Charles Henri Ford into the Montparnassian night…

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Working the room

British poet David Gascoyne, born 100 years ago today, lets his dinner – and his date – go cold as he pursues Charles Henri Ford into the Montparnassian night…

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Dress-down Friday: Bryher

A startlingly contemporary vision in between-the-wars film

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Dress-down Friday: Bryher

A startlingly contemporary vision in between-the-wars film

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How to Win against History

A chamber spectacular about the wondrous Henry Cyril Paget

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How to Win against History

A chamber spectacular about the wondrous Henry Cyril Paget

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Mysterious corners of shade

Occultist poet Berthe de Courrière, who died 100 years ago today

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Mysterious corners of shade

Occultist poet Berthe de Courrière, who died 100 years ago today

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Phantoms of Surrealism

Sheila Legge, the faceless face of British Surrealism

Sheila Legge by Claude Cahun

Phantoms of Surrealism

Sheila Legge, the faceless face of British Surrealism

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Moondog’s century

Happy hundredth birthday to the Viking of 6th Avenue

SA Moondog

Moondog’s century

Happy hundredth birthday to the Viking of 6th Avenue

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Flaneur through modernity

Harry Graf Kessler, “one of the most cosmopolitan men who ever lived” (with the world’s worst gaydar)

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Flaneur through modernity

Harry Graf Kessler, “one of the most cosmopolitan men who ever lived” (with the world’s worst gaydar)