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    From 'A Central Figure of the
    English Decadent Movement'

    Vincent O'Sullivan. A Dissertation upon Second Fiddles. London: Grant Richards, 1902. First edition. Octavo. [viii], 270, [271: blank], [272: printer's note] pages. Brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, 'Library' stamped in blind to front board. Binding has light wear at extremities of spine and tips of corners, moderately bumped at extremities of covers, endpapers are quite tanned, front and rear hinges are started (partially over-opened, due to production design and quality of paper). Still, a very good copy.

    More Information: American-born novelist, critic and poet Vincent O'Sullivan (1868-1940) was "a central figure of the English Decadent Movement, his early books of (mostly fantastic) verse -- Poems (1896) and The Houses of Sin (1897) -- being among the movement's key documents, as was his first story collection, A Book of Bargains (1896)" [Clute and Grant (editors), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 738; also Bleiler. Checklist of Science Fiction... (p. 152)]. "A Dissertation Upon Second Fiddles... is a collection of four novellas loosely linked by both a common theme and the re-appearance of certain minor characters from one tale to another..." ['British and European Aesthetes, Decadents, and Symbolists in the Victorian Web' (from 'Vincent O'Sullivan: Unstrung Second Fiddle' by Andrew Mangravite)]. Published only in this 1902 English edition (not issued in an American edition and never reprinted)]. Vincent O'Sullivan (1868-1940) was born in New York City, to wealthy Irish-immigrant parents, studied at Columbia Grammar School (in New York), graduated from Oscott Roman Catholic College (in England) and briefly attended Oxford [cf 'A Fallen Master of the Macabre: Vincent O'Sullivan, the Friend of Oscar Wilde' by Jessica Amanda Salmonson].

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