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In this now-classic study, Praz describes the whole of Romantic literature under one of its most characteristic aspects, that of erotic sensibility. This wide spread mood in literature had a major effect on 19th-century poets and painters, and the affinities between them and their 20th-century
counterparts makes this account of the Romantic-Decadents an indispensible guide
Published (first published 1930)
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Jul 19, 2012 kasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Someone should do a proper reissue of this book. And when they do, they should put in the extra work to fix it up; interpellate the Addenda, and most importantly, provide translations of the quotes. Because the book is basically a pastiche of quotes - some of them over a page long - and if you don't know French, you're pretty s.o.l. (amusingly/infuriatingly enough, a lot of the quotes from Poe are given in French). There's a fair amount of Italian in there as well, and some Latin (the ...more
Karen Witzler
Three stars signifies that I read it so long ago that I remember the wine and the rooms where it was discussed more than I remember the book. I do recall that many of the exemplar passages were not translated and , in those days before the Internet, made for a frustrating experience. I'm sure that I didn't get that bit about Swinburne at the end.
Jul 01, 2014 GONZA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'argomento mi interessava, ma troppo spesso il prof. Praz si dilungava pedissequamente (ed in francese) su dettagli infinitesimali, tanto che mi veniva voglia di chiudere il libro. In altri casi invece, ho rimpianto caldamente di non aver meglio presenti parecchie delle opere che venivano vivisezionate ed esaminate e la parte riguardante D'Annunzio é stata quella che mi é piaciuta di più.
Anna Prejanò
May 24, 2012 Anna Prejanò rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho letto per la prima volta questo libro quando ero un'adolescente e la carne, la morte e il diavolo erano i miei interessi principali (e in effetti sono rimasti tali). Che folgorazione, che libro meraviglioso. Non è invecchiato per niente, mentre io sì, purtroppo.
Madeeha Maqbool
Jul 28, 2012 Madeeha Maqbool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very very interesting and readable study of the macabre roots of Romanticism. Loved the relationship Praz charts between the French Revolution, Marquis de Sade and the Gothic, among other things.
Sep 28, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Camille Paglia, but in the chapters of 'Sexual Personae' that deal with Late Romanticism and Decadence, she doesn't really say anything Praz hadn't, much more throughly, back in 1933.
Fx Smeets
Feb 27, 2014 Fx Smeets rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest literary essays ever, and indispensable to read if one wants to step over the illusions implanted in us by the heritage of the XIXth century.
Apr 25, 2009 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Romantic Agony was an agony, but worth it.
Job ter Horst
Dec 08, 2015 Job ter Horst rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Literal agony to finish this.
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“The exotic and the erotic ideals go hand in hand, and this fact also contributes another proof of a more or less obvious truth - that is, that a love of the exotic is usually an imaginative projection of a sexual desire.” 15 likes
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