Welcome to The Yellow Nineties Online  
Detail of the front cover of The Yellow Book Volume 1 by Aubrey Beardsley.
  Dedicated to the study of The Yellow Book and other aesthetic periodicals that flourished in Great Britain in the 1890s, our site offers three inter-related resources. First, we publish digitized facsimile editions of a select collection of periodicals. At present, these include The Yellow Book and The Pagan Review. Second, we provide a rich historical archive of paratextual materials related to the production and reception of these periodicals. And third, we publish peer-reviewed scholarship: biographies of the writers, authors, publishers, and others associated with the period; scholarly introductions and commentary; and essays on our process of building the site and encoding its digital objects. All documents are marked-up and fully searchable.  
  Introduction to the Yellow Nineties  
  In April 1894 a young bookseller’s clerk, John Lewis May, assisted the manager of The Bodley Head in arranging the shop window. As he later recalled: “I filled the window of the little shop in Vigo Street—the original Bodley Head—with Yellow Books, and nothing but Yellow Books, creating such a mighty glow of yellow at the far end of Vigo Street that one might have been forgiven for imagining for a moment that some awful portent had happened, and that the sun had risen in the West” (74). The “mighty glow of yellow” emanating from this unnatural dawn continued long past the launch of the avant-garde magazine of art and literature, and indeed long past its final issue three years later in April 1897. In 1913, Holbrook Jackson, describing the impact of The Yellow Book, explained: “It was newness in excelsis: novelty naked and unashamed. People were puzzled and shocked and delighted, and yellow became the colour of the hour, the symbol of the time-spirit. It was associated with all that was bizarre and queer in art and life, with all that was outrageously modern” (46). A more recent commentator on the 1890s, Simon Houfe, echoes Jackson’s judgment, declaring that The Yellow Book and the 1890s are synonymous, the periodical functioning as “both a microcosm of the fin de siècle and an important trend-setter” (83)... Continue Reading
  News & Events  
  Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Material Culture in a Digital Context
June 1, 2013. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra presented "Devil in the Details: Prototyping a Digital Edition of The Evergreen" at Congress 2014, University of Victoria.
  Wednesday, October 30, 2013
"The Yellow Book, 1890s Print Culture"
October 10, 2013. Lorraine Janzen Kooistra gave an illustrated public lecture to the William Morris Society of Canada and the Toronto Public Library.