From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Art and culture
- "Album primo-avrilesque" (April Foolish Album), a portfolio of seven monochromatic images by French artist Alphonse Allais.
- "Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man" by Alphonse Allais
- The Vampire (painting by Philip Burne-Jones and poem by Rudyard Kipling)
- What Is Art? by Tolstoy
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau
- "Artichoke" wallpaper, by John Henry Dearle for William Morris & Co., ca 1897 (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- Scientific Humanitarian Committee is established by Magnus Hirschfeld, President. Hirschfeld tries to ban paragraph 175 of the Prussian penal code which bans homosexuality
- Grand Guignol theater opens in Paris
- Douche après le bain (1897) - Louis Lumière
- Actress Louise Willy disrobes in the 1897 French film Le Bain.
- The Psychology of Sex (1897) - Havelock Ellis
- Havelock Ellis publishes first volume of The Psychology of Sex, an investigation of human sexual practices. Banned by judge in Britain as "filth masquerading as science."
- Reigen written by Schnitzler, not performed until 1920
- Georges Bataille, French writer, anthropologist, archivist and philosopher
- Douglas Sirk, German-born film director most well known for his work in Hollywood in the 1950s
- William Mortensen (died 1965)