Madder Music, Stronger Wine: The Life of Ernest Dowson, Poet and Decadent

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, Jan 12, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 232 pages
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Ernest Dowson, a major poet of the Victorian Decadent period, alcoholic, and severe depressive, died in 1900 at 32. He created much of his best work while suffering from tuberculosis. The most tragic of his generation, his life is a story of doomed love and adversity. Adams explores how the poet's strange delights and sexual excesses were worked into his lyrical verse.
  

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A wonderfully written biography,but it did seem to drag in the end. Read full review

Review: Madder Music, Stronger Wine: The Life of Ernest Dowson, Poet and Decadent

User Review  - Mike Lester - Goodreads

Excellent work on this sadly neglected poet and novelist. Dowson, the author of such memorable lines as "gone with the wind" and "days of wine and roses" was truly, perhaps along with Van Gogh, the ... Read full review

Contents

The Pagan Child
1
The Pessimistic Student
10
Dowson and Son
19
The Serious Rhymers
31
Down Among the Daycadongs
44
Moral Torture
55
The Adventure of Literature
67
Bright Lights
80
Savage Beauty
128
The Devils Dance
141
The Valley of Humiliation
153
The Dying of Ernest Dowson
164
Friends of Ernest Dowson
172
The Dowson Legacy
181
Dowsons Major Works
187
Notes
189

Decadent Disintegration
92
Savoy Days
105
Paris Nights
117

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Jad Adams is a producer of history documentaries and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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