French Decadent Tales

Paperback | July 11, 2013

byStephen Romer

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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. 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. While 'Decadence'was a European movement, its epicentre was the French capital. On the eve of Freud's early discoveries, writers such as Gourmont, Lorrain, Maupassant, Mirbeau, Richepin, Schwob, and Villiers engaged in a species of wild analysis of their own, perfecting the art of short fiction as they did so. Deathand 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 newly translated selection brings together the very best writing of the period, from lesser known figures as well as famous names. Provocative and unsettling, these extraordinary, corrosive little tales continue to cast a cold eye on the modern world.

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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. 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. While 'D...

Stephen Romer is a specialist of French and British Modernism. He has published four collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Yellow Studio (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2008) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot prizze. He has edited and co-translated Twentieth-Century French Poems (Faber, 2002), and has served as judge for the Tower...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pagesPublished:July 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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JULES BARBEY D'AUREVILLY (1808-89)Don Juan's Crowning Love AffairLEON BLOY (1846-1917)A Dentist Terribly PunishedThe Last BakeThe Lucky SixpenceGUSTAVE GEFFROY (1855-1926)The StatueREMY DE GOURMONT (1858-1915)DanaetteDon Juan's SecretThe FaunOn the ThresholdJULES LAFORGUE (1860-87)Perseus and AndromedaJEAN LORRAIN (1895-1906)An Unidentified CrimeThe Man with the BraceletThe Student's TaleThe Man Who Loved ConsumptivesPIERRE LOUYS (1870-1925)A Case without PrecedentGUY DE MAUPASSANT (1850-93)At the Death-BedThe NightA WalkThe TressesCATULLE MENDES (1841-1909)What the Shadow DemandsGUSTAVE MIRBEAU (1848-1927)The BathThe First EmotionThe Little Summer-HouseOn a CureJEAN RICHEPIN (1849-1926)Constant GuignardDeshoulieresPft! Pft!GEORGE RODENBACH (1855-98)The TimeMARCEL SCHWOB (1867-1905)The BrothelThe Sans-Gueule52 and 53 OrfilaLucretius, PoetPaolo Uccello, PainterVILLIERS DE L'ISLE ADAM (1838-89)SentimentalismThe PresentimentThe Desire to be a Man