THE AESTHETIC ADVENTURE by William Gaunt

THE AESTHETIC ADVENTURE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Literary history of 19th century England and France which compresses and clarifies many personalities and principles of that exquisite and eccentric era of poets, painters and poseurs. Gautier and Baudelaire, and the first articulation of ""art for art's sake"" which was to motivate their followers as they revolted against their bourgeois, romanticized excess and exhaustion... Whistler and his ""no shirt"" friends, his picture que poverty, sharp saying and restless vitality; Swinburne who paraded libertinage, Father who worshipped beauty; the first artistic trial of the century as Ruskin's social idealism to its apogee, ended his career in Reading gaol; and finally, the end of the century, with Roger Fry. Not for a general public, but for students of literature.

Pub Date: May 17th, 1945
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace