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Jane Spirit; Sue Asbee
|Description:||1 vol. ( 393 p.) ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||General Introduction Editorial Principles Bibliography Chronology Volume 1: 1870-1880 These early texts highlight the role of women in the formulation of the aesthetic movement. Ouida's novels emphasize the importance of beauty and art, even above considerations of morality. Links between emergent aestheticism and the literary mainstream are reflected in the poetry of both Meynell and Fane, while Broughton's portrayal of a male aesthete satirises the movement's close association with Oxford and Oscar Wilde. Ouida [Marie Louise de la Ramee] Folle-Farine (1871), excerpts Princess Napraxine (1884), excerpts A C Thompson [Alice Meynell] Preludes (1875) The Colour of Life and Other Essays on Things Seen and Heard (1896) Rhoda and Agnes Garrett Suggestions for House Decorating in Painting, Woodwork and Furniture (1876) Violet Fane [Mary Montgomerie Lamb, Mary Montgomerie Singleton, Mary Montgomerie Currie and Lady Currie] The Queen of Fairies (A Village Story) and Other Poems (1876) A Mary F Robinson [Mary Darmester and Mary Duclaux] A Handful of Honeysuckle (1878) Rhoda Broughton Second Thoughts (1880), excerpt Editorial Notes List of Sources Volume 2: 1880s and 1890s The writing of the 1880s and 1890s saw the aesthetic movement in multiple guises. Crane's focus on art forms a central tenet of aestheticism and Malet's emphasis on the visual sits at the heart of her fiction. Wooton's short stories examine the female aesthete's interests and temperament and Levy's poems explore melancholy as the condition of the modern age. In 'Equal Love', Bradley and Cooper - writing as Michael Field - push at the boundaries of aestheticism towards decadence. Lucy Crane Art and the Formation of Taste, Six Lectures by Lucy Crane (1882), excerpt Lucas Malet [Mary St Leger Harrison, nee Kingsley] Mrs Lorimer (A Sketch in Black and White) (1882), excerpts The Wages of Sin: A Novel (1891; rpt 1893), excerpts Amy Levy A Minor Poet and Other Verse (1884) Janey Sevilla Campbell [Lady Archibald Campbell nee Callendar] Rainbow Music or The Philosophy of Harmony in Colour Grouping (1886) Mabel Wotton A Pretty Radical and Other Stories (1890), excerpts Michael Field [Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper] A Question of Memory (1893), excerpts 'Equal Love', Pageant (1896) Florence Farr [Florence Emery] The Dancing Faun (1894) Una Taylor Nets for the Wind (1896), excerpts Editorial Notes List of Sources Volume 3: Yellow Book Writers All the authors represented here contributed to The Yellow Book. The publication was so influential that the 1890s became known as 'the yellow nineties'. Lee and D'Arcy write with authority on art and aesthetics, while much of the poetry of Marriott-Watson's The Bird-Bride is inspired by works of art. Music and art infuse the work of Custance's Opals, whereas A Light Load by Radford resonates with love, loss and despair. The short stories included continue the themes of aestheticism, with Nesbit's portrayal of an independent woman with whom the story's narrator falls in love, and Syrett tells the tale of an impoverished artist whose work is compromised by commercialism. Vernon Lee [Violet Paget] Baldwin (1886), excerpts Juvenilia (1887), excerpts Graham R Tomson [Rosamund Marriott Watson] The Bird-Bride: A Volume of Ballads and Sonnets (1889) Gilbert H Page [Ella D'Arcy] 'The Smile', Argosy (1891) 'In a Cathedral', Argosy (1892) 'Personality in Art', Westminster Review (1893) John Oliver Hobbes [Pearl Richards] A Sinners Comedy (1894) Some Emotions and a Moral (1891) Charlotte Mew 'Passed', Yellow Book (1894) Dollie Radford A Light Load (1891) Songs and Other Verses (1895) Edith Nesbit 'Miss Lorrimore's Career', Sylvia's Journal (1894) Netta Syrett 'Fairy Gold', Temple Bar (1896) Olive Custance Opals (1897) Editorial Notes List of Sources|
|Responsibility:||general editor, Jane Spirit.|
'brings together often hard to find but brilliant writings ... It is organized into judicious, chronological categories with excellent introductions. Given our expanding interest in the