Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley

Edited by Sasha Dovzhyk and Simon Wilson

Critical Texts 78

Jewelled Tortoise 10

Modern Humanities Research Association

18 November 2022

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This edition of Aubrey Beardsley's writings aims to establish Beardsley’s reputation as a key figure in Decadent literature on a par with his iconic status in the visual arts. It publishes for the first time the text of Beardsley’s unfinished erotic novel Under the Hill (written between 1894 and 1896) in its original form alongside Beardsley's manuscript. The extensive scholarly annotations reveal the breadth of Beardsley's literary references, which range from medieval romance to French erotic slang. By way of introducing the readers to other forms of his writing, the volume also reproduces and annotates a selection of Beardsley’s poems and essayistic prose.

Reviews:

  • ‘Sections of [Under the Hill] appeared, heavily edited, in The Savoy during Beardsley’s life, and it has been reissued several times since in varying degrees of expurgation. But it has never received the lavish scholarly attention that Sasha Dovzhyk and Simon Wilson bestow in Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley.’ — Colton Valentine, New Yorker 13 February 2023
  • ‘Sasha Dovzhyk and Simon Wilson’s edition... offers a thorough and judicious introduction to a figure whose influence as an artist is uncontested while making a compelling case for reconsidering Beardsley’s significance as a writer... Their scrupulously scholarly edition strikes a deft balance between providing a rich resource for Beardsley scholars and making Under the Hill accessible to general readers. They provide able guidance to Beardsley’s densely allusive world, painstakingly tracking down and teasing apart the thicket of references threaded throughout Beardsley’s prose... One of the pleasures of the edition is the clear personal investments of the editors; this is clearly a labour of love and their admiration for their subject is – in a metaphor Beardsley himself would relish – contagious.’ — Nicole Fluhr, The Wildean 64, 2024, 206-09

Contents:

vi-vi
List of Illustrations
Simon Wilson
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vii-vii
Acknowledgements
Simon Wilson
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viii-xii
Foreword
Simon Wilson
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1-14
Introduction Under the Hill: Aubrey Beardsley’s Cabinet of Decadent Curiosities
Sasha Dovzhyk
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15-18
Aubrey Beardsley: An Expanded Chronology
Sasha Dovzhyk
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19-20
A Note On the Texts and Editorial Decisions
Sasha Dovzhyk
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22-22
Abbreviation
Sasha Dovzhyk
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23-59
Annotated Version
Aubrey Beardsley
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60-65
Creative Expurgation: ‘Chapter IV’ For the Savoy
Aubrey Beardsley
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66-92
Diplomatic Transcription
Aubrey Beardsley
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93-173
Reproduction of the Manuscript
Aubrey Beardsley
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174-174
Checklist of Beardsley’s Letters Mentioning Under the Hill
Aubrey Beardsley
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175-191
Appendix A: Poetry and Essays
Aubrey Beardsley
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192-200
Appendix B: Critical Contexts
Sasha Dovzhyk
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201-203
Select Bibliography
Sasha Dovzhyk
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Bibliography entry:

Dovzhyk, Sasha, and Simon Wilson (eds), Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley, Critical Texts, 78 (MHRA, 2022)

First footnote reference: 35 Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley, ed. by Sasha Dovzhyk and Simon Wilson, Critical Texts, 78 (MHRA, 2022), p. 21.

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

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Bibliography entry:

Dovzhyk, Sasha, and Simon Wilson (eds). 2022. Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley, Critical Texts, 78 (MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Dovzhyk and Wilson 2022: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Dovzhyk and Wilson 2022: 21.

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