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Tuberose and Meadowsweet
London: David Bogue (1885). 120pp - London: David Bogue (1885). 120pp. 1st Edition. Hardcover. One of the rarities of 1890s decadent literature, a collection of heavily veiled homosexual verse written by the aesthete perhaps best known for his association with John Gray. This, the author's second volume of poems, was reviewed by Oscar Wilde in the Pall Mall Gazette as a "remarkable little volume," but challenged the author's insistence in making tuberose a three-syllable word, adding: "though he cannot pronounce 'tuberose' aright, at least he can sing of it exquisitely." Annoyed at Wilde's reference to his use of the word as "a potato blossom shaped like a tiny trumpet of ivory," Raffalovich sparred with Wilde in the following days in the Gazette, but they maintained a cordial, if strained, relationship until it became acrimonious in the early 1890s. John Gray's earlier relationship with Wilde, and his subsequent patronage by Raffalovich, added fuel to a difficult relationship that seems not to have been extinguished by Wilde's death. As with his first collection of poems (Cyril and Lionel) this collection appropriates the sentimentalized Victorian 'language of flowers" to portray homosexual love in a disguised, but nonetheless, direct fashion. (See Madden, E., "Say it with Flowers: The Poetry of Marc-André Raffalovich." See also Roden, F. Marc-Andre Raffalovich:. A Russian-French-Jewish-Catholic Homosexual in Oscar Wilde's London and Mckenna, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde at 45-6.A.; Pick, Svengali's Web- The Alien Enchanter in Modern Culture @ 152-156.A very good copy in the green fabric binding, endpapers lightly browned, Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper, with his address at Albert Hall Mansions where he frequently and lavishly entertained. Young 3180*. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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