Nights: Rome, Venice, in the Aesthetic Eighties: London, Paris, in the Fighting Nineties

Nights: Rome, Venice, in the Aesthetic Eighties: London, Paris, in the Fighting Nineties

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Nights: Rome, Venice, in the Aesthetic Eighties: London, Paris, in the Fighting Nineties

Nights: Rome, Venice, in the Aesthetic Eighties: London, Paris, in the Fighting Nineties

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There are times when we recall old memories much as we take down old favourites from our bookshelves, just to see how they have worn, how they have stood the test of years. Sometimes the books have worn so well that we cannot put them away until we have read every word to the very last again, we have not done with the memories until we have lived again through every moment of the past to which they belong. It is in this spirit that I brought my Nights of long ago to the test, and, finding that for me they stand it triumphantly and are still as vivid and vociferous and full of life as they were of old, I have not had the courage to loose my hold upon them and let them drift back once more into unfriendly silence.

It contributes to my pleasure in this revival of my Nights, that I have been helped in many ways to give more substantial form to the familiar ghosts who wander through them. My debt of gratitude is great. Mr. William Nicholson has been willing for me to use his portrait of Henley and from Mrs. Henley I have the bust by Rodin. Mr. Frederick H. Evans has lent me the very interesting photograph he made of Beardsley, to . . .

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