Sunday, November 4, 2007

Taste, decadence, and the decline of... something or other

"After a fashion it is no doubt a decadence; it has all the qualities that mark the end of great periods, the Greek, the Latin, decadence: an intense self-consciousness, a restless curiosity in research, an over-subtilizing refinement upon refinement, a spiritual and a moral perversity."

Symons, in Harper's, November 1893!


Gibbon: "A cloud of critics, of compilers, of commentators, darkened the face of learning, and the decline of genius was soon followed by the corruption of taste." [emphasis mine]

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