The Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley

Edited by Sasha Dovzhyk and Simon Wilson

Critical Texts 78

Jewelled Tortoise 10

Modern Humanities Research Association

  Summer 2021

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Beardsley conceived his reworking of Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser, originally titled by him The Story of Venus and Tannhäuser, in 1894. In the aftermath of Wilde’s trials, which tainted Beardsley by association and drove the publisher John Lane to dismiss the artist, the project was taken over by Beardsley’s last publisher, Leonard Smithers. To delude Lane who owned the copyright, the title was changed to Under the Hill, and the main characters’ names were altered.

This edition publishes the manuscript version of Under the Hill with explanatory notes, followed by a diplomatic transcription alongside the reproduction of the manuscript itself. The text is supplemented with the substantially rewritten Chapter IV from the Savoy and an illuminating selection of Beardsley’s letters which mention his ‘romantic novel’.

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Dovzhyk, Sasha, and Simon Wilson (eds), The Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley, Critical Texts, 78 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 The Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley, ed. by Sasha Dovzhyk and Simon Wilson, Critical Texts, 78 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Dovzhyk and Wilson, p. 47.

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Dovzhyk, Sasha, and Simon Wilson (eds). 2021. The Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley, Critical Texts, 78 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Dovzhyk and Wilson 2021: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Dovzhyk and Wilson 2021: 21.

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