The Yellow Book

The Yellow Book[Reading] ➻ The Yellow Book By Ernest Leverson – Oaklandjobs.co.uk She s an adventuress Yes, an adventuress, but an end of the century one She doesn t travel for profit, but for pleasure Offering an entertaining introduction to the fin de si cle, this selection from She s an adventuress Yes, an adventuress, but an end of the century one She doesn t travel for profit, but for pleasure Offering an entertaining introduction to the fin de si cle, this selection from the notorious magazine The Yellow Book includes stories and poems by famous writers such as Arnold Bennett and John Buchan, brilliant pieces by lesser known writers such as Ada Leverson and Ella D Arcy, and illustrations by The Yellow eBook ✓ Aubrey BeardsleyOne ofnew books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic inEach book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants. The first volume of the illustrated quarterly The Yellow Book went to print in 1894 The declared aim of its Publishers and Editors was to create a publication which would be not just a magazine but a collectable book a book with style, a book with finish Aubrey Beardsley s appointment as arts editor also gave this publication the frisson of controversy Beardsley s sojourn in France had brought him close to the aesthetic movement and his blank ink drawings, emphasizing the sexual a The first volume of the illustrated quarterly The Yellow Book went to print in 1894 The declared aim of its Publishers and Editors was to create a publication which would be not just a magazine but a collectable book a book with style, a book with finish Aubrey Beardsley s appointment as arts editor also gave this publication the frisson of controversy Beardsley s sojourn in France had brought him close to the aesthetic movement and his blank ink drawings, emphasizing the sexual and the grotesque, seemed to ooze a sense of fin de siecle decadence Indeed, the choice of a yellow cover was itself a knowing reference to French racy magazines, whose yellow cover warned prospective buyers of their erotic content The quarterly achieved its peak of notoriety in April 1895, when Oscar Wilde was arrested whilst allegedly carrying a copy Beardsley, a collaborator of the author, was promptly sacked, but the magazine managed to continue until 1897.In actual fact, the stories and poems featured in the periodical were rarely as shocking as the cover promised they would be What was undisputed was their quality and variety amongst the contributors were leading authors such as John Buchan, H.G Wells and W.B Yeats, writing in a variety of styles Ample space was given to female writers, including Ella D Arcy and Ethel Mayne who also served as sub editors A good indication of the Yellow Book s range is given by this selection issued as part of the second wave of Penguin Little Black Books it consists of four stories and four poems accompanied by a smattering of Beardsley drawings Mrs Ernest Leverson s Suggestion is the closest we get to the world of Wilde its barbed wit and cynical view of marriage and relationships is calculated to shock us with its amorality It is immediately followed by Arthur Symons s poem Stella Maris an explicit description of a night of love which must have raised several Victorian eyebrows and likely singed them in the process None of the other pieces are as controversial John Buchan s supernatural tale A Journey of Little Profit is a delightful piece of diablerie, Ella D Arcy s The Pleasure Pilgrim is a tragicomedy with a bittersweet taste to it, Arnold Bennett s A Letter Home is a Maupassant like slice of realism with a crushingly cruel ending The collection also includes poems by Katharine de Mattos, Edmund Gosse and a typically dense and metaphor laden work by W.B.Yeats.This is an enjoyable compilation which gives a tantalising taste of the cultural phenomenon that was The Yellow Book If I give it only three stars, it is because it is difficult to replicate, in a different format, a periodical which gave such great attention to its design and presentation Delightful Fun things happen when you pick a random book back home you check on it and find out its content scandalized the Victorians with its avant garde decadence.The stories themselves are elegant though no happy endings Some fragments the serious work of her life was paying visits in her lighter moments she collected autographs Why, one has to kiss all sorts of people one doesn t care about His had been one of those wasted lives of which he used to read in books How strange Almost amusing Fun things happen when you pick a random book back home you check on it and find out its content scandalized the Victorians with its avant garde decadence.The stories themselves are elegant though no happy endings Some fragments the serious work of her life was paying visits in her lighter moments she collected autographs Why, one has to kiss all sorts of people one doesn t care about His had been one of those wasted lives of which he used to read in books How strange Almost amusing My favorite piece was a poem Stella Maris which is just lovely About meeting the Juliet of a night whose heart holds mane a Romeo Out of the empty night arise,Child, you arise and smile to meOut of the night, out of the sea,The Nereid of a moment there,And is it a seaweed in your hair Full review to come I hadn t heard of The Yellow Book before picking this up, and its story is absolutely fascinating.Launched in 1894, The Yellow Book was a literary magazine filled with prose, poetry, and illustrations from some seriously distinguished contributors such as Henry James and H.G Wells Its yellow cover was controversially chosen as a not so subtle nod to the yellow covers of French erotic fiction Notably, Oscar Wilde was reported to have been arrested whilst carrying a copy of The Yellow Book, but I hadn t heard of The Yellow Book before picking this up, and its story is absolutely fascinating.Launched in 1894, The Yellow Book was a literary magazine filled with prose, poetry, and illustrations from some seriously distinguished contributors such as Henry James and H.G Wells Its yellow cover was controversially chosen as a not so subtle nod to the yellow covers of French erotic fiction Notably, Oscar Wilde was reported to have been arrested whilst carrying a copy of The Yellow Book, but unsurprisingly this turned out to be a copy of a yellow covered illicit novel.The notoriety attached to the quarterly doesn t seem to be derived from its content excepting the alluring and provoking illustrations from Beardsley , but rather its cover, its female writers, and its introduction of new ideas and movements.Penguin have included some prose, poetry, and illustrations in this little glimpse into what The Yellow Book had to offer its readers The prose detailed tragedy, machinations, and even the supernatural Beardsley s illustrations were gorgeous in their simplicity, and it was clear to see why they would have caused a few blushes in the 1890s Even the poetry enthralled me particularly Stella Maris by Arthur Symons poetry evoking anything is me is an unheard of phenomenon.Including some of The Yellow Book s offerings in the Little Black Classics range has been a masterstroke by Penguin it s piqued my interest, taught me something, and has made me determined to readfrom this infamous periodical I can t say every one of these little black books has intrigued me in such a way, but this was my main purpose of making my way through the range, so my faith has been somewhat restored Perhaps I should move from black books to yellow ones Book No 91 in Penguins Collection is a collection of artwork, stories and extracts from stories and poems published in the notorious Victorian magazine, The Yellow Book The art is all by Aubrey Beardsley, the author and illustrator who was heavily influenced by Japanese woodcuts, and moved in the same circles as Oscar Wilde If you know your Art Nouveau you will know who this man was.The literature within this Little Black Classic varies from the very odd and pompous Suggestion, to The Pleas Book No 91 in Penguins Collection is a collection of artwork, stories and extracts from stories and poems published in the notorious Victorian magazine, The Yellow Book The art is all by Aubrey Beardsley, the author and illustrator who was heavily influenced by Japanese woodcuts, and moved in the same circles as Oscar Wilde If you know your Art Nouveau you will know who this man was.The literature within this Little Black Classic varies from the very odd and pompous Suggestion, to The Pleasure Pilgrim the latter of which I didn t know whether to laugh at the character of Campbell or jump into the pages of the book and slap him across his face He goes from being madly in love at first site to easily influenced by his friend s opinion of his love interest And at times you believe the friend and at other s you think Campbell is weak minded But ultimately, it seems the story is about the Victorian ideal of a woman which Campbell s love interest is not confident, flirtatious, well travelled andthan likely not a virgin.My favourite story, however, would have to be A Journey of Little Profit by John Buchan where the sheep herder Duncan Stewart tells his story of when he met Master Stewart, another cultural tale of a deal with the devil I would read The Yellow Book just for this story, but The Pleasure Pilgrim no matter my feelings are mixed is still a funny read.Overall, this Little Black Classic is an insight into a magazine associated with decadence, aestheticism and the heady, avant garde And it only cost 2 Enjoyed every short story immensely My appetite for fin de siecle or decadence writing has definitely been wet In short a little black classic that does what it s supposed to do interest it readers insimilar work in the particular genre its paying hommage to.To be continued in the future This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here great illustrations, and the short stories were lovely little appetizers about how terribly in their own heads men can live Always wondered what the Yellow book would have been like, this gives a glimpse into the legendary magazine. Didn t like the book, so I stopped reading it.

The Yellow Book MOBI ´ The Yellow  eBook ✓
  • Paperback
  • 109 pages
  • The Yellow Book
  • Ernest Leverson
  • English
  • 21 October 2019
  • 0241252229