The relation between the decadent movement of the 19th century–figures like Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Ernest Dowson, Aubrey Beardsley, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, James Thomson and all of those who of whom one could simply say (“They were all Yelllooww..” NOT A COLDPLAY REFERENCE) has a semi well defined place in “the canon” of English literature, although we often fashionably leave out the most extreme–and therefore the most revelatory of these figures: David Park Barnitz:


(Barnitz, the son of a preacher and classmate of Wallace Stevens, was probably the last American decadent and the entirety of his work has been relegated to a website)


Or Emile Nelligan, the unfortunate young man who toppled over into psychosis early in life after writing a collection comparable to Rimbaud or Mallarme:



and the Surrealist movement of the 20 and 21st century is ill defined, indeed.  There are a few books on the subject…

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