The Angels of Perversity

Remy de Gourmont


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Dedalus Ltd
17 August 2021
ISBN: 9781912868841
176 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Francis Amery  

The stories in The Angels of Perversity are key examples of early Symbolist prose shaped and inspired by the French Decadent consciousness and must rank among the best short stories of the 1890s.The tone of the stories is unique, with an unusual mixture of decadence and eroticism, balanced by an ironic and sentimental view of the world.

"The stories themselves are tremulous, incense-ridden affairs in which enervated decadents slake their lust."
Mike Petty in The Literary Review


1. Studies in Fascination
The White Dress
Don Juan’s Secret
The Fugitives
Limpid Eyes
The Shroud
On the Threshold
The Red Marguerite
Sylvie’s Sister
The Other
The Death One Cannot Mourn
The Magnolia
The Adulterous Candle
The Dress
The Faun
Evening Conversation Strategems

2. The Phantom

The Portal
The Palace of Symbols
Duplicity Incense
The Organ
Tears The Unicorns
The Figures
The Rings