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The Chap-book; semi-monthly (1894) (14595422408)

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The Chap-book; semi-monthly (1894) (14595422408)

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Title: The Chap-book; semi-monthly
Year: 1894 (1890s)
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Publisher: Chicago : Stone and Kimball
Contributing Library: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Digitizing Sponsor: CARLI: Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois



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is ** the moral and mentaldiathesis of the Latin decadence : Merodack representsthe summit of conscious will power, the type of absoluteentity ; AltOy prototype of the monk in contact with theworld ; Courtenayy insufficient man-destiny, immured byalready existing social conditions; L. D*Estey extremepride, xht grand style dans le mal; Corysey the true younggirl; La NinCy hermaphrodite, better or worse,gynander ; DomiriicauXy consciously perverse, characterof irremediability resulting from a wrong aesthetic theoryfor each vice, which destroys the knowledge and there-fore the conversion. The Sar has been at pains toscatter broadcast similar summaries of all of his books ;it is doubtful whether they increase the sales ; the verywording of them ; the heavy philosophical scheme run-ning through the whole series is truly appalling. LeVice Supreme was the beginning ; in the following yearhe published Curieuse, Aside from its mysticism andintermittent obscurity, it is an ordinary novel of the
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LE SAR PELADAN 92 A NEW CHAPTER IN LITERARY HISTORY Streets and prostitutes of Paris, remarkable in no way ;and it did much to counteract the good impression causedby its predecessor. After that, Peladan issued year by year a dozen othervolumes on la decadence latine, each more mystic, moreextreme and more absurd than before. They are trulyimpossible books; read ofF-hand and merely as storiesthey would not be uninteresting, but the constantly re-curring mysticism, the introduction of unheard-of words ;the androgynous and gynandrous characters all combiningto force the authors scheme upon one, do much to pre-vent any real interest. The series represents the worstof the decadent literature: its scenes are drawn from thelowest side of Paris and its pictures are revolting in theextreme. That the work is done with considerablepower no one will deny, but it is equally certain that theSar has made nothing but notoriously bad use of histalents. Aside from his novels, he has obtained some repu

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