It was a leading journal of the British s; to some degree associated with Aestheticism and Decadence , the magazine contained a wide range of literary and artistic genres, poetry , short stories , essays , book illustrations , portraits , and reproductions of paintings.
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Aubrey Beardsley was its first art editor,  and he has been credited with the idea of the yellow cover, with its association with French fiction of the period. The literary content was no less distinguished; authors found within its pages during the 3 years of its existence include:.
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Moreover, in Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray , a major corrupting influence on Dorian is "the yellow book" which Lord Henry sends over to amuse him after the suicide of his first love. Such books in Paris were wrapped in yellow paper to alert the reader to their lascivious content. It is not clear, however, whether Dorian Gray is the direct source for the review's title.
Soon after Wilde was arrested in April Beardsley was dismissed as the periodical's art editor, his post taken over by the publisher , John Lane , assisted by another artist, Patten Wilson. Although critics have contended that the quality of its contents declined after Beardsley left and that The Yellow Book became a vehicle for promoting the work of Lane's authors, a remarkably high standard in both art and literature was maintained until the periodical ceased publication in the spring of Perhaps indicative of "The Yellow Book's" past significance in literary circles of its day is a reference to it in a fictional piece thirty-three years after it ceased publication.
American author Willa Cather noted its presence in the personal library of one of her characters in the short story, Double Birthday , noting that it had lost its "power to seduce and stimulate The Yellow Book differed from other periodicals in that it was issued clothbound , made a strict distinction between the literary and art contents only in one or two instances were these connected , did not include serial fiction, and contained no advertisements except publishers' lists.
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Complete runs of the 13 quarterly volumes will be found in most academic and many public libraries, though many of these sets are, in fact, reprints produced after the turn of the century by Lane and by others. Cheveley a rather immoral character says:. Facebook Instagram Twitter.
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