Category Archives: Decadence

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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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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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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

Faust

The quest for Stenbock

David Tibet on the immortal Decadent count, who died on this day in 1895.

Faust

The quest for Stenbock

David Tibet on the immortal Decadent count, who died on this day in 1895.

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Royally buzzed

“Even the mummies stand up and walk when they drink Vin Mariani!”

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Royally buzzed

“Even the mummies stand up and walk when they drink Vin Mariani!”

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Pearls: Aubrey Beardsley

“I see everything in a grotesque way…”

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Pearls: Aubrey Beardsley

“I see everything in a grotesque way…”

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Toot toot, hey, beep beep

Jean Lorrain will take you where you want to go

Jean Lorrain preview

Toot toot, hey, beep beep

Jean Lorrain will take you where you want to go

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The Picture of John Gray

A tale of social mobility written across a map of London

John Gray preview

The Picture of John Gray

A tale of social mobility written across a map of London

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Dress-down Friday: Rachilde

Cross-dressing as subversion – or penny-pinching

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Dress-down Friday: Rachilde

Cross-dressing as subversion – or penny-pinching

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Dress-down Friday: Joséphin Péladan

“Every exclusively masculine figure is lacking in grace, every exclusively feminine one is lacking in strength.”

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Dress-down Friday: Joséphin Péladan

“Every exclusively masculine figure is lacking in grace, every exclusively feminine one is lacking in strength.”

Summers

Places: Clifton

In search of the Reverend Montague Summers

Summers

Places: Clifton

In search of the Reverend Montague Summers

Gisèle d'E

Finding the Woman Who Didn’t Exist

“Women may have faced many limitations in nineteenth-century France, but not everyone played by the rules and Gisèle d’Estoc seems to have broken most of them at one time or another in her colorful life.”

Gisèle d'E

Finding the Woman Who Didn’t Exist

“Women may have faced many limitations in nineteenth-century France, but not everyone played by the rules and Gisèle d’Estoc seems to have broken most of them at one time or another in her colorful life.”

Salomé

Ancient dreams and antique corruptions

“She became, in a sense, the symbolic deity of indestructible lust, the goddess of immortal Hysteria, of accursed Beauty…”

Salomé

Ancient dreams and antique corruptions

“She became, in a sense, the symbolic deity of indestructible lust, the goddess of immortal Hysteria, of accursed Beauty…”

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13 books for 2013

Swordswomen, working boys, crypto-fascist poets, bohemians, Decadents, Surrealists, occultists…business as usual really.

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13 books for 2013

Swordswomen, working boys, crypto-fascist poets, bohemians, Decadents, Surrealists, occultists…business as usual really.

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The poet of the bats

“Did he really invent an orchestra of perfumes, an orchestra of liqueurs, on which he could play the subtlest harmonies of the senses?”

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The poet of the bats

“Did he really invent an orchestra of perfumes, an orchestra of liqueurs, on which he could play the subtlest harmonies of the senses?”