Fictions of British Decadence is a fresh account of the emergence, development, and legacy of fiction written in the era of Oscar Wilde. It examines a broad range of texts by a diverse array of Decadent writers, from familiar faces such as Ernest Dowson and John Davidson, to lesser-known innovators such as Arthur Machen and M.P. Shiel. New research illuminates the relationship between the Decadents and such popular writers as George Moore, Vernon Lee (Violet Paget), Marie Corelli, and Sarah Grand. This research also challenges myths about the Decadents. It describes how this so-called 'tragic generation' pursued their artistic aspirations in the literary marketplace, created an art form that was more popular than avant-garde, sought both literary and commercial success, and negotiated the transition from the Victorian triple-decker to experimental Modernist fiction. MacLeod fills a large gap in our knowledge of a pivotal but misunderstood literary and cultural movement.

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