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By Michèle Mendelssohn

This publication, the 1st totally sustained analyzing of Henry James's and Oscar Wilde's dating, unearths why the antagonisms among either authors are symptomatic of the cultural oppositions inside of Aestheticism itself. The booklet additionally exhibits how those conflicting energies lively the overdue 19th century's most enjoyable transatlantic cultural company. Richly illustrated and traditionally specified, this learn of James's and Wilde's complex, decades-long courting brings to gentle Aestheticism's really transatlantic nature via shut readings of either authors' works, in addition to nineteenth-century artwork, periodicals and infrequent manuscripts. As Mendelssohn exhibits, either authors have been deeply encouraged via the visible and ornamental arts, and by way of modern artists corresponding to George Du Maurier and James McNeill Whistler. Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic tradition deals a nuanced interpreting of a posh dating that offers to rework the way we think overdue nineteenth-century British and American literary culture.

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