- Paperback : 348 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8560347611
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.79 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Notoir Books (November 7, 2020)
- Language: : English
Without symbolism there can be no literature; indeed, not even language.
That’s some deep stuff there, if one thinks about it. What are words themselves but symbols, almost as arbitrary as the letters which compose them, mere sounds of the voice to which we have agreed to give certain significations, as we have agreed to translate these sounds by those combinations of letters?
THE SYMBOLIST MOVEMENT IN LITERATURE was a vital influence on W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot—a note that, for nothing else, would assure its historical place with the most important early Modernist criticism. And that alone, people, THAT alone is more than enough reason to buy and read this tome.
This seminal book offers a great introduction to this movement. It offers the vision and literary background behind all those cool, weird, phantasmagoric and oddly dark artworks that make up the bulk of the Symbolist movement.
The present edition is a collection of short essays on various authors:
HONORÉ DE BALZAC
GÉRARD DE NERVAL
EDMOND AND JULES DE GONCOURT
VILLIERS DE L’ISLE-ADAM
Many of the essays in this edition were initially published as individual articles between 1897 and 1899 in periodicals such as The Star or The Athenaeum, before being revised and collated for this final monograph.