Preface by the Director of the Series. Acknowledgments. Introduction. The First Spire: A HERITAGE OF ICONOCLASM. Chapter 1 The Past and the Avant-Garde. Chapter II The French Enlightenment Reborn. Chapter III Playing with the Self in Autobiography. The Second Spire: TRANSGRESSION. Chapter IV Separating the Self from Language. Chapter V The Self as a Humorous Other. The Third Spire: RELIGIOSITY. Chapter VI The Return of Neo-Classicism. Chapter VII The Exceptional Activities. Chapter VIII Art, Music, and Sculpture. Conclusion The Immoralist as Arlequin. Notes. Bibliography. References.