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  • adj. Alternative spelling of fin-de-siècle.


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  • Born in fin-de-siecle Germany, Ernst left school in 1908 to pursue a career on the stage, eventually landing as an actor in the prestigious Max Reinhardt Company.

    John Farr: Laughing in Style: That Special 'Lubitsch Touch'

  • Designed to the change the face of war in the new century, Boilerplate -- the world's first robot soldier -- was a fin-de-siecle sensation: adventurer, film star, and confidant to the rich and famous.

    Guilty Pleasures

  • In 2002, she held a lavish three-day party for his 70th birthday in Gstaad, the location of one of her five homes, where a large gymnasium was turned into a fin-de-siecle Parisian music hall.

    Vivien Duffield: The women who thinks it's better to give | The Observer profile

  • "He never reconciled himself to the fact of his expulsion from Vienna," wrote Karl Schumann, "from the good old days, from the fin-de-siecle atmosphere, art nouveau, symbolism, the cult of music, worship of the opera, and the coffeehouse."

    Where Korngold Shone

  • Life With Father (1947) - Beautifully mounted adaptation of long-running play about a large, affluent family of red-headed boys growing up in fin-de-siecle New York City, presided over by their gentle mother (Irene Dunne), and overbearing father (William Powell, who steals the film).

    John Farr: To Martin Scorsese, the Criterion Collection, and Anyone Else Who'll Listen: More Public Domain Classics Worth Saving

  • England had entered one of her uncertain, self-examining periods of nostalgia, looking back to the fin-de-siecle and Edwardian social certainties.

    Boing Boing

  • From Sarajevo in the 1990's back to Bosnia during World War Two, the salons of fin-de-siecle Vienna, the inquisition in Venice and Barcelona in 1492

    People of the Book

  • According to John Richardson's book, Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters, she disdained the fin-de-siecle froufrou (dust cathers, to be sure) and maintained a low-key style, whose principle was "Elegance is elimination."

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • The Atlantis Hotel was launched last winter in a $20m fin-de-siecle party attended by Robert De Niro, Lyndsay Lohan, and Lily Allen.

    Johann Hari: The Dark Side Of Dubai

  • Indeed, the tacky queen of excessive fin-de-siecle cosmetics was as central to the heist of the 2000 election as Monica was to the Lewinsky scandal.

    FLA-SEN: GOPers Fill Out Details Of Katherine-To-Drop-Out Scenario


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  • I just saw this yesterday at Wired.

    "The French Academy of Sciences turns down the membership application of Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie.

    A healthy dose of sexism, racism and chauvinism, all alive and well in the rarified air of the fin de siècle French scientific fraternity, conspired to deny Curie the seat, which was awarded instead to Edouard Branly."

    January 25, 2009

  • (adj) fin de siecle (relating to or characteristic of the end of a century (especially the end of the 19th century)) "fin de siecle art"

    January 20, 2009