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Aubrey Beardsley by Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945

By Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945

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It could never have been finished, AUBREY BEARDSLEY for it had never really been begun; but what undoubted, singular, literary ability there is in it, all the same ! " At one time he was going to write an essay on " Les Liaisons Dangereuses" at another he had planned a book on Rousseau. But his plans for writing changed even more quickly than his plans for doing drawings, and with less profitable results in the meantime. He has left no prose except that fragment of a story; and in verse only the three pieces published in the Savoy.

The press is silent now, or admiring ; the publishers have changed places, and all rivalries are handsomely buried, with laudatory inscriptions on their tombstones. The situation has its irony, which would have appealed most to the actor most conspicuously absent from the scene. Beardsley was very anxious to be a writer, and, though in his verse there was no merit except that of a c 17 AUBREY BEARDSLEY thing done to order, to one's own order, and done without a flaw in the process, there was, in his prose, a much finer quahty, and his fragment of an unachieved and unplanned romance has a savour of its own.

57 Vignette from " Morte Darthur " . 59 Vignette from "Morte Darthur" . 61 Vignette from "Morte Darthur" . 63 Vignette from " Morte Darthur " . . 6^ Vignette from "Morte Darthur" . 67 La Beale Isoud at Joyous Gard ("Morte Darthur") . 69 How La Beale Isoud nursed Sir Tristram ("Morte Darthur") ...... 71 Grotesque from "Bon Mots" . . 73 Grotesque from "Bon Mots" . . - 75 Grotesque from "Bon Mots" . , 77 B I I Design for the Binding of "Bon Mots," not used, and not published before Le Debris d'un PofeTE The Mirror of Love The Platonic Lament ("Salome") .

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