Sunday, May 08, 2011

The Operatic Handwriting of Barbey D'Aurevilly


Douglas Ainslie, who translated D'Aurevilly's paean to Beau Brummell, Dandyism, wrote briefly about D'Aurevilly's "rainbow of inks" in his 1896 preface:

"[D'Aurevilly's] dress was of the flamboyant order, and this tendency revealed itself in what was most himself — his manuscripts. Here long passages are written in ordinary black ink, but where the blood begins to beat faster and the war of the passions is announced by the throbbing of the arteries, he would change his pen for one dipped in the scarlet color of the emotions to be depicted. This again would give place to blue, to violet, varying with the psychical quality of the matter in hand."

Barbey D'Aurevilly, manuscript, she devils


Barbey D'Aurevilly, manuscript

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