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Decadence: The Strange Life of an Epithet by Richard Martin Gilman (1923-2006) - First - 1979 - from The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB (SKU: BOOKS004687)

Decadence: The Strange Life of an Epithet

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Decadence: The Strange Life of an Epithet

by Richard Martin Gilman (1923-2006)

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180 pages. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3.4") bound in original publisher's black cloth with green and red gilt in original publisher's jacket. In his book Decadence: The Strange Life of an Epithet, as the title suggests, Richard Gilman discusses the terms "decadence" and "decadent". His main focus seems to be on the actual history of the words and their usage both in the past and the present, mapping out their progress as they were transformed throughout the ages, similarly as language itself changes, never being an entirely fixed notion. Within the span of five chapters, Gilman strives to encompass the general notions and connotations surrounding the idea of decadence, all the while being aware that the book may only touch upon several of them, as the term came to denote too wide a spectrum of nuances to be completely covered in one single work. Condition: Jacket light edge wears else a very good copy in like jacket.


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Decadence: The Strange Life of an Epithet
Richard Martin Gilman (1923-2006)
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