The Life of J.-K. Huysmans

The Life of J.-K. Huysmans

by Robert Baldick, Brendan King

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Like Froude's biography of Carlyle, Holroyd's Shaw, and Ellmann's Joyce, Robert Baldick's Life of J.-K. Huysmans has become not just a standard reference work, to be consulted as regularly as the writing of the author whose life it chronicles, but a work of literature in its own right. First published fifty years ago, Baldick's classic biography presents a compelling narrative of Huysmans' life and work in all its various phases - from the Naturalism of the 1870s to the Decadence of the 1880s, and from the occult vogue of the 1890s to the Catholic Revival of the turn of the century - and it is written with such impeccable scholarship that it is still relied on today as regards matters of fact and detail. For this new edition - the first time the biography has been reprinted in English -Baldick's notes have been extensively revised and updated by Brendan King to take account of new developments and publications in the field of Huysmansian studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910213308
Publisher: Dedalus Ebooks
Publication date: 04/29/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Robert Baldick was one of Britain's leading French scholars until his untimely death in 1972. Aside from his definitive biography of J.-K. Huysmans, his books include The Life and Times of Frédérick Lemaître (1959), The First Bohemian: the Life of Henry Murger (1961), and The Seige of Paris (1965). A respected academic, teacher and biographer, Baldick was also an accomplished translator, and he contributed a number of titles to the Penguin Classics series - of which he was Joint Editor from 1964 onwards.
Brendan King is a freelance writer, reviewer and translator with a special interest in late nineteenth-century French fiction. His Ph.D. was on the life and work of J.-K.Huysmans. He has translated La-Bas, Parisian Sketches, Marthe, Against Nature, Stranded, The Cathedral, The Vatard Sisters, Drifting and Modern Art by J.-K. Huysmans for Dedalus. He has also edited The Life of J.-K.Huysmans by Robert Baldick for Dedalus. He lives in Paris.

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