Contrary to what is expected of the writer who introducing Ezra Pound to Wyndham Lewis and who prefigured Pound’s command “make it new,” the writings of Laurence Binyon were fundamentally determined by the Aesthetic Movement. Along with Arthur Symons and W. B. Yeats, Binyon was a central figure in the early 1900s London artistic-literary world at a transitional stage in the development of the British avant-garde. Binyon’s The Flight of the Dragon and The Art of Botticelli reveal the influence of Walter Pater and are best understood as late developments of the genre of aesthetic criticism that Pater pioneered. This discussion focuses on how the effects of Pater’s and Binyon’s writings were closely associated with the Aesthetic Movement’s “book beautiful.” Binyon’s connections with the movement took place on an intricate level that encompasses both literary art writing and the applied arts.


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