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Take an unprecedented glimpse into the life of one of the most beloved leaders of the Aesthetic movement in this first ever biography of famed illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. Written by one of his close friends and earliest patrons soon after his death, this fascinating and evocative book documents an important period in literary and art history. Biographer Robert Ross was one of the first people Beardsley met when he arrived in London to make a name for himself in the London publishing world of 1892. Their friendship was cut short, sadly, as within six years of his arrival in London, the young Beardsley died of tuberculosis. The work he produced in that short time however, revolutionized art and forever fixed his place in the public imagination as one of the leading innovators of the fin de siècle. This thoughtful biography is complete with sixteen full-page illustrations, and a revised iconography by another of Beardsley's friends, Aymer Vallance.