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François Villon by D.B. Wyndham Lewis with Edward Gorey Cover

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François Villon: A Documented Survey by D.B. Wyndham Lewis.

A Doubleday Anchor Book published in 1958.

Cover design by Edward Gorey



452 pages / 4.15 x 7.1 x 1 inches / 10.5 x 18 x 2.5 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like (& ignore the blue-tinted photos - I need to retake those sometime soon), but...

The "white" portions of the cover (mostly the back) have discolored with age. Some wear around the edges - particularly the upper right corner of the cover. Bit of creasing to spine.


In a biography more exciting than most historical fiction, D.B. Wyndham Lewis surveys and relives the life and times of one of the major poets of the Middle Ages. François Villon speaks even more immediately to the modern reader than Chaucer and Dante. Robber and murderer, three times condemned to death, he presents himself and his age fully and frankly to us in the clarity, vigor, and realism of his poems, a great number of which (in the original French and in translation) are included in this volume.

Mr. Wyndham Lewis' account is far more than a presentation of the poet and his work: it takes us into the fascinating details of the life of the Paris of Louis XI during that period of the waning of the Middle Ages in the fifteenth century, when a dying world and a new world met in the consciousness of the great lyric poet Villon.

". . . a work of great scholarship and research wherein the author has discovered all that Villon was, within and without." - Hilaire Belloc, in the Preface.

François Villon by D.B. Wyndham Lewis with Edward Gorey Cover


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