The Critic; An Illustrated Monthly Review of Literature, Art, and Life Volume 8

The Critic; An Illustrated Monthly Review of Literature, Art, and Life Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... has given the sounding title ' Le Viol' to a work which might have arrested the reader's attention as a closely investigated problem of morbid psychology without this vulgar kind of advertisement. It is rumored that the author--whose ' Life of ThCophile Gautier, ' his father-in-law, is remembered by every one--has conceived the audacious project of putting this study of erotic pathology on the stage, though from concession to public prejudice the new play would be called simply ' Flore de Frileuse.' M. Armand Silvestre, who continues to delight the readers of the Gil Bias with his stories de haulte graisse and his ultraRabelaisian fantasies, has collected some of his most highly flavored tales under the head of ' Les Cas Difficiles.' With everrenewed surprise do we see a poet of frank and robust pagan inspiration like M. A. Silvestre degrade his muse by making it serve the worst instincts of a corrupt society. In vain he invokes the Gaulois tradition of Villon, Marot, and Rabelais; he has not yet succeeded in obliterating the poet which is in him so far as to obtain the absolution of the writer of gaudrioles. His collaborator, M. Catulle Mendes, clothes in exquisite form the refined perversity of his imagination. His slightest productions are those of a cunning workman, and the finished art of the master poet to whom the 'Parnasse Contemporain' owes some of its rarest gems is felt in his delicate prose, woven in the most enchanting and capricious arabesques. 'Lila et Colette, ' ' Le Rose et le Noir, ' ' Les Contes du Rouet, ' have flowed from his pen during this singularly fecund year. It would be useless to weary the reader with more than a rapid enumeration of the countless volumes--the fleeting fruits of a season that has no morrow--which the...show more

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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123659939X
  • 9781236599391