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NORDAU, MAX [SIMON SUDFELD]. - Degeneration.

London, Heinemann 1895. Octavo publisher's cloth; xiv,560pp and publisher's list for October 1894. A few spots to endpapers and minor signs of use; a quite good copy. ¶ First English edition of one of the great works of reactionary bile, published in dozens of editions in almost every western language over the next several decades. Nordau sits comfortably within the school of heredity alarmists but carries the battle into the fields of art and literature. His dedication to Lombroso points out this gap in the literature: "Degenerates are not always criminals, prostitutes, anarchists, and pronounced lunatics; they are often authors and artists". Despite his prognosis that the "hysteria of the present day will not last," his hit list (and it is a hit list - he writes with invigorating fury and savagery) almost forms the modern Pantheon of mid-to-late 19th art, literature, music and thought - Flaubert, Baudelaire, Wagner, Nietsche, Tolstoy, Huysmans, Zola, Ibsen, Whitman, Wilde, the pre-Raphaelites, the Symbolists - in much the same way that the Nazi's own model of Nordauism - Jew and Zionist that he was - the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) gallery encapsulated what is now most celebrated in 20th century art.
AUD 150.00 [Appr.: EURO 92.75 US$ 107.06 | £UK 81.5 | JP¥ 12016] Book number 7599

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