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Aubrey Beardsley Library

 

The AB Library is a collection of digitised primary sources and open access scholarship dedicated to Aubrey Beardsley. At the time when access to physical collections is more restricted than ever, this resource aims to help the artist’s enthusiasts navigate the labyrinth of online Beardsleyana.

In addition to textual material, it contains links to recorded lectures, documentaries, podcasts, and films addressing the artist’s work, reception, and evolving afterlives. The items in each category are arranged in ascending chronological order.

 

  

Primary sources

Publications 

Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’arthur, ed. by Ernest Rhys, 2 vols (London: J. M. Dent, 1893), vol. I <link>

Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’arthur, ed. by Ernest Rhys, 2 vols (London: Dent, 1894), vol. ii <link>

Samuel Foote and Theodore Edward Hook, Bon-Mots of Samuel Foote and Theodore Hook, ed. by Walter Jerrold (London: J. M. Dent, 1894) <link>

Sydney Smith and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Bon-Mots of Sydney Smith and R. Brinsley Sheridan, ed. by Walter Jerrold (London: J. M. Dent, 1893) <link>

Oscar Wilde, Salome: A Tragedy in One Act (London: John Lane, 1894) <link>

Lucian’s True History, trans. by Francis Hickes (London: Privately printed, 1894) <link>

William Butler Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire (Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1894) <link>

Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan (London: John Lane, 1894) <link>

The Yellow Book: Volume 1, ed. by Aubrey Beardsley and Henry Harland (London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1894) <link> <scholarly intro>

The Yellow Book: Volume 2, ed. by Aubrey Beardsley and Henry Harland (London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1894) <link> <scholarly intro>

The Yellow Book: Volume 3, ed. by Aubrey Beardsley and Henry Harland (London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1894) <link> <scholarly intro>

The Yellow Book: Volume 4, ed. by Aubrey Beardsley and Henry Harland (London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1895) <link> <scholarly intro>

John Davidson, Plays (London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1894) <link>

Grant Allen, The British Barbarians: A Hill-Top Novel (London: John Lane, 1895) <link>

Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Cantos (London: Smithers, 1896) <link>

Walt Ruding, An Evil Motherhood, an Impressionist Novel (London: Elkin Mathews, 1896) <link>

The Savoy: Issues 1-2 (London: Smithers, 1896) <link>

The Savoy: Issues 3-5 (London: Smithers, 1896) <link>

The Savoy: Issues 6-8 (London: Smithers, 1896) <link>

Ernest Dowson, The Pierrot of the Minute: A Dramatic Phantasy in One Act (London: Smithers, 1897) <link>

Ben Ionson: His Volpone: Or, The Foxe. A New Edition. With a Critical Essay on the Author by Vincent O’Sullivan and a Frontispiece, Five Initial Letters, And a Cover Design Illustrative and Decorative by Aubrey Beardsley. With a Eulogy on the Artist by Robert Ross (London: Smithers, 1898) <link>

The Early Work of Aubrey Beardsley (London: John Lane, 1899) <link>

A Second Book of Fifty Drawings (London: Smithers, 1899) <link>

Aubrey Beardsley, Under the Hill, and Other Essays in Prose and Verse (London: John Lane, 1904) <link>

Last Letters of Aubrey Beardsley, ed. by John Gray (New York: Longmans, Green, 1904) <link>

Aubrey Beardsley, The Story of Venus and Tannhäuser: A Romantic Novel (London: [Smithers], 1907) <link>

The Later Work of Aubrey Beardsley, 3rd edn (London: John Lane, 1920) <link>

 

Secondary sources

Contemporary reviews of The Yellow Book, 1894 <link>

Promotional materials for The Savoy (London: Smithers, 1895–96) <link>

Contemporary reviews of The Savoy, 1896 <link>

Books

Arthur Symons, Aubrey Beardsley (London: At the Sign of the Unicorn, 1898) <link>

A. E. Gallatin, List of Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley (New York: M.F. Mansfield & A. Wessels, 1900) <link>

Oscar Wilde, Salome, Tragoedie in einem Akt, trans. by Hedwig Lachmann (Leipzig: Im Insel-Verlage, 1900) <link>

A. E. Gallatin, Aubrey Beardsley as a Designer of Book-Plates (London: E. Mathews, 1902) <link>

John Lane, Aubrey Beardsley and The Yellow Book (London: J. Lane, 1903) <link>

A. E. Gallatin, ‘Aubrey Beardsley: Man of Letters. Notes on Three Hitherto Unpublished Drawings by Beardsley’, in Whistler’s Art Dicta and Other Essays (Boston: Charles E. Goodspeed, 1904), pp. 10–31 <link>

Robert Ross, Aubrey Beardsley (London: John Lane, 1909) <link>

Jacques-Émile Blanche, Propos de peintre, première série: de David à Degas. Ingres, David, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Whistler, Fantin-Latour, Ricard, Conder, Beardsley, etc. (Paris: Émile-Paul Frères, 1919) <link>

Fifty Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, Selected from the Collection Owned by Mr. H.S. Nichols (New York: New York, H. S. Nichols, 1920) <link>

The John Lane Collection of Original Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley Sold by Order of Mrs. John Lane (New York: Anderson Galleries, 1926) <link>

B. J. Elliott, ‘Aubrey Beardsley’s Images of New Women in the Yellow Book’, Doctoral Thesis, University of London. (unpublished PhD, University of London, 1985) <link>

In Black and White: The Literary Remains of Aubrey Beardsley, ed. by Stephen Calloway and David Colvin (London: Cypher, 1998) <link>

Charles Bernheimer, T. Jefferson Kline, and Naomi Schor, Decadent Subjects: The Idea of Decadence in Art, Literature, Philosophy, and Culture of the Fin de Siècle in Europe (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) <link>

Susan Owens, ‘Aubrey Beardsley, Salome and Satire’ (unpublished PhD, University of London, 2003) <link>

Matthew Potolsky, The Decadent Republic of Letters: Taste, Politics, and Cosmopolitan Community from Baudelaire to Beardsley (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2013) <link>

Linda C. Dowling, Language and Decadence in the Victorian Fin de Siecle, 2nd edn (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014) <link>

Kate Hext and Alex Murray, Decadence in the Age of Modernism (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) <link>

 

Articles and chapters

Max Beerbohm, ‘Aubrey Beardsley’, Idler, 13 May 1898, pp. 538-46 <link>

George Charles Williamson, ‘Aubrey Beardsley’, Catholic Encyclopedia (New York: The Encyclopedia Press, 1913), Wikisource <link>

Holbrook Jackson, ‘Aubrey Beardsley’, in The Eighteen Nineties: A Review of Art and Ideas at the Close of the Nineteenth Century (London: G. Richards, 1913), pp. 109–25 <link>

Martin Birnbaum, ‘Aubrey Beardsley’, in Introductions: Painters, Sculptors and Graphic Artists (New York: F. Sherman, 1919), pp. 3–14 <link>

‘A Catalogue of the Gallatin Beardsley Collection’, The Princeton University Library Chronicle, 12.2 (1951), 67–82 <link>

R. A. Walker, ‘Letters of Aubrey Beardsley’, The Princeton University Library Chronicle, 16.3 (1955), 111–44 <link>

Matthew Sturgis, ‘The Death of Aubrey Beardsley’, The Princeton University Library Chronicle, 60.1 (1998), 61–82 <link>

Carolyn A. Kelley, ‘Aubrey Beardsley and H. D.’s “Astrid”: The Ghost and Mrs. Pugh of Decadent Aestheticism and Modernity’, Modernism/Modernity, 15.3 (2008), 447–75 <link>

Yeeyon Im, ‘Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Disorienting Orientalism’, Comparative Drama, 45.4 (2011), 361–80 <link>

Alex Murray, ‘Decadence Revisited: Evelyn Waugh and the Afterlife of the 1890s’, Modernism/Modernity, 22.3 (2015), 593–607 <link>

Linda Gertner Zatlin, ‘Aubrey Beardsley and Stephane Mallarme: Pictures for a Poem’, The Princeton University Library Chronicle, 76.3 (2015), 457–75 <link>

Simon Wilson, ‘Arthur Symons, “Aubrey Beardsley: A Memorial Poem”’, Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies, 1 (2018), 95-96 <link>

Nikhil Gupta, ‘Oscar Wilde’s Hair: Phobic Reactions and Novel Self-Fashioning at the Turn of the Century’, Modernism/Modernity, 25.1 (2018), 73–91 <link>

Martin B. Lockerd, ‘Decadent Arcadias, Wild(e) Conversions, and Queer Celibacies in Brideshead Revisited’, Modern Fiction Studies, 64.2 (2018), 239–63 <link>

Nicole Fluhr, ‘“Queer Reverence”: Aubrey Beardsley’s Venus and Tannhäuser’, Cahiers Victoriens et Édouardiens, 90, 2019 <link>

Sasha Dovzhyk, ‘The Queer Little Grove: The Adoption of Aubrey Beardsley by Mikhail Kuzmin’, BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History, 2020 <link>

Gregorie Mackie, ‘Aubrey Beardsley, H. S. Nichols, and the Decadent Archive’, Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies, 3.1 (2020), 4974 <link>

 

Blogs

Carolyn Burdett, ‘Aestheticism and Decadence’, The British Library (The British Library, 2014) <link>

John Stokes, ‘Salomé: Symbolism, Decadence and Censorship’, The British Library, 2014 <link>

Linda Gertner Zatlin, ‘Aubrey Beardsley’s Feminism’, Yale University Press Blog, 2016 <link>

Linda Gertner Zatlin, ‘Aubrey Beardsley, Oscar Wilde and Salome’, Yale University Press Blog, 2016 <link>

Sasha Dovzhyk, ‘The “Artist Maks”: The Ukrainian Disciple of Aubrey Beardsley – European Studies Blog’, British Library European Studies, 2018 <link>

Simon Wilson, ‘Aubrey Beardsley: A Lifetime of Art in a Five Year Career’, Royal Academy, 2020 <link>

 

Moving pictures

Salome (1923), dir. by Alla Nazimova <link>

After Beardsley, a short animation film by Chris James (1982): part 1, part 2, part 3

Beardsley and His Work, a BBC documentary featuring Brian Reade and Brigid Brophy (1982): part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

Emma Sutton, Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s, Pushkin Museum, Moscow (2014) <link>

Duologue Masks and Phases read by Beardsley’s biographer Matthew Sturgis with Andrew Martin as Vyvyan at The Eve of St Aubrey: Re-Collecting Beardsley (2018) <link>

Simon Wilson, Aubrey Beardsley, Oscar Wilde, Salome & Censorship, Heath Robinson Museum, 2019 <link>

Guide to the Exhibition Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain (2020) <link>

 

Sounds

Audio recordings of papers presented at The Eve of St Aubrey: Re-Collecting Beardsley (2018) <link>:

Linda Gertner Zatlin: In Conversation, moderated by Sasha Dovzhyk <link>

Samuel Shaw, ‘“I Belong to the Beardsley Period”: Beardsley in the British Context’ <link>

Joseph Thorne, ‘Social Grotesques: Beardsley, Caricatures and the Decadent Gift Economy’ <link>

Kate Hext, ‘“I’d love to turn you on”: Aubrey Beardsley in the Swinging ’60s’ <link>

Simon Wilson, a short introduction of three pamphlets privately published on the occasion of the symposium <link>

Emma Sutton, ‘Beardsley and Faulkner’s Black and White Minstrels’ <link>

Sasha Dovzhyk, ‘Beardsley’s Russian Afterlives: Repenting Sins and Queering Desire’ <link>

Dickon Edwards, ‘Camp Continuities: Ronald Firbank’s Motorising of Beardsley’ <link>

Podcasts

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on his passion for Aubrey Beardsley, BBC 4 Great Lives (2013)<link>

Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain, The Artfully Podcast (2020) <listen from 22:00>

Mark Gatiss on Aubrey Beardsley, BBC 4 Front Row (2020) <listen from 11:33>

Golnoosh Nour, ‘A Peacock Is a Poem’, Queer Lit, Alphabet Radio (6 May 2020) <listen from 36:30>

Sasha Dovzhyk on Beardsley’s queer sensibility, Queer Lit, Alphabet Radio (1 July 2020) <link>

 

Journals and resources

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century <link>

AB Blogs <link>

BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Art History <link>

COVE Editions <link>

The Modernist Review <link>

The OScholars <link>

Speaking of Oscar: a Wildean YouTube Channel <link>

Sweet Jane Boutique (especially the 1960’s Beardsley revival) <link>

Yellow Nineties 2.0 <link>

The Victorianist <link>

Volupté: Interdisciplinary Studies of Decadence <link>

 

Kindred souls

Birkbeck Centre for the Nineteenth-Century Studies <link>

British Association for Modernist Studies <link>

British Association for Victorian Studies <link>

British Association of Decadence Studies <link>

Edwardian Culture Network <link>

The Oscar Wilde Society <link>

The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation <link>

Whistler Society <link>

 
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