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The Confessions of Aubrey Beardsley

By Donald S. Olson

In a stunning fictional tour de force, based on five years of research, Donald S. Olson portrays Aubrey Beardsley’s life from infancy to his death at the early age of twenty-five, a victim of tuberculosis.

Written in the first person, in the form of confessional letters to a French priest, Père Coubé, The Confessions of Aubrey Beardsley weaves fictional incidents into the biographical facts of Beardsley’s life to present a powerful portrait of a modern artist.

Aubrey Beardsley challenged the hypocrisies of Victorian England — and was made to suffer for it.

Donald S. Olson is a novelist, playwright and travel writer. His seven published novels include The Secrets of Mabel Eastlake, the first trans-thriller; Queer Corners, about the violent anti-gay rights battles in Oregon during the 1990s; and the internationally published rom-coms My Three Husbands and Memoirs Are Made of This, written as Swan Adamson. Donald’s new collection of ghost stories, The Gravedigger’s Daughter and Other Otherworldly Tales, will materialize with Lume Books in 2020.

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