Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas
Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas is a collection of essays by the novelist, poet, and literary critic Remy de Gourmont. An uncompromising free-thinker, his analytical intelligence is brought to bear on an wide range of topics: the cornerstone of his literary criticism, "The Disassociation of Ideas" is included here along with "Glory and the Idea of Immortality", "Success and the Idea of Beauty", "The Value of Education", "St phane Mallarm and the Idea of Decadence", and more.
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"As you read M. de Gourmont's work it is not any particular phrase, poem, or essay that holds you, so much as a continuing sense of intelligence, of a limpid, active intelligence in the mind of the writer.... He stirs the 'sense of the imagination, ' the reader is pervaded by luxurious rest, and then when the mind is most open, de Gourmont darts in with his acumen, a thrust, an incisive or revolutionary idea, spoken so softly."