Lionel Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose

Edited by Sarah Green

Critical Texts 73

Jewelled Tortoise 9

Modern Humanities Research Association

  June 2021

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Lionel Johnson was one of the foremost poets and critics of the 1890s. He was a founding member of The Rhymers’ Club, an early contributor to The Yellow Book, and a close friend of major writers of the period, including Walter Pater, W. B. Yeats and Ernest Dowson. His prose and poetry were scholarly and formal, as well as often passionate and entertaining. As a critic he believed that moral and artistic values were one and the same, and he was highly sought-after as a reviewer.

This new volume will for the first time present a representative selection of Johnson’s poetry and prose alongside a critical introduction and explanatory notes. The principle of selection will not follow the Yeatsian interpretation of Johnson as tragic alcoholic genius. Instead, the selection will seek to represent the many facets and influences in the oeuvre of a complex writer. It will particularly aim to enable readers to engage with Johnson’s difficult and often contradictory relationship with the Decadent Movement, in which his praise of certain Decadent writers (Verlaine, Pater, Crackanthorpe) and his own exploration of Decadent themes sits alongside often virulent condemnation of what may be recognized as Decadent values.

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Green, Sarah (ed.), Lionel Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose, Critical Texts, 73 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 Lionel Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose, ed. by Sarah Green, Critical Texts, 73 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Green, p. 47.

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Green, Sarah (ed.). 2021. Lionel Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose, Critical Texts, 73 (Cambridge: MHRA)

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