11-15-2009 11-15-2009
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2483 Boston
November 15, 2009 11:00AMCalender

Hearn, Lafcadio (1850-1904)

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2483 Location: Boston Date / Time: November 15, 2009 11:00AM


Hearn, Lafcadio (1850-1904), Ten autograph letters signed, 1899-1901, approximately eighty-five pages, to Osman Edwards, an important and revealing correspondence discussing the Decadent or Symbolist School of modern poets and writers as well as drawing comparisons to the great poets and writers of the earlier schools, "The new poetry is simply rotten!-morally and otherwise. I am not prudish...there is no joy in this new world-scarcely any tenderness"; in taking particular aim at Emile Verhaeren, "Won't you forgive me for saying that I cannot greatly admire Verhaeren...I do not think I am blind to all his good qualities"; he also discusses at great length publishing matters and his life in Japan, (all with staples to upper left corner, minor age typical soiling and edge chipping).

Note: For a detailed discussion of these letters, see The Craftsman, edited by Gustave Stickley, October, 1907, pages 14-21, Lafcadio Hearn on the Decadent School: His Views as Expressed in Some of His Delightful Letters to a Friend: by Osman Edwards.
Estimate $4,000-6,000


Emile Verhaeren, Osman Edwards, Symbolist School, Japan, Decadent School, Gustave Stickley