The Beautiful

The Beautiful

Vernon Lee

  • ISBN: 978-1-961368-15-6
  • First published: 1913
  • Publication date: 2018

"I have tried in this little volume to explain aesthetic preference, particularly as regards visible shapes, by the facts of mental science. But my explanation is addressed to readers in whom I have no right to expect a previous knowledge of psychology, particularly in its more modern developments. I have therefore based my explanation of the problems of aesthetics as much as possible upon mental facts familiar, or at all events easily intelligible, to the lay reader."

Vernon Lee's 1913 text examines the nature of beauty and our response to it--examining taste, emotional responses, and debates around artistic value.

Cover: Juliana Castro Varón is a Colombian graphic designer and author, and the founder and design director of Cita Press.