The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

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The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

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His tales are entertaining too, though I disliked the ones he wrote for children (for me -personally- all unsuited and complete failure). They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer’s day.

Wilde talked in circles, saying the same thing in different ways and it felt like he added filler in to make them even longer than they really needed to be to fluff them up.After about a quarter of an hour Hallward stopped painting, looked for a long time at Dorian Gray, and then for a long time at the picture, biting the end of one of his huge brushes and frowning. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful. I find such screeds fascinating - not as an expression of "the truth" but as "one way of looking at things" (from a particular position, in a particular moment in time, given what has come before, what was happening then and what was to come) - even as my mind begins to undermine the argument (and, in case I haven't made my point, I'd have the same reaction to a po-faced essay about the obvious superiority of realism over imagination).

Suddenly I found myself face to face with the young man whose personality had so strangely stirred me. I don’t know what Harry has been saying to you, but he has certainly made you have the most wonderful expression.I don’t think I shall send it anywhere, he answered, tossing his head back in that odd way that used to make his friends laugh at him at Oxford. The merely visible presence of this lad—for he seems to me little more than a lad, though he is really over twenty—his merely visible presence—ah!

It changed me from the moment that I read it, and I'm not even being dramatic, but the complex themes of morality and psychology in regard to human nature, combined with Wilde's exemplary writing, couldn't help but change something in my brain chemistry. I believe that you are really a very good husband, but that you are thoroughly ashamed of your own virtues. Original dark blue cloth, lettered in gilt to spine and with gilt circular motif to front; no dustjacket. In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.There is also no shortage of criticism against the English upper class, and the homoerotic symbolism oozes from every other page. She brought me up to royalties, and people with stars and garters, and elderly ladies with gigantic tiaras and parrot noses. On May 29, 1884, Oscar married Constance Lloyd (died 1898), daughter of wealthy Queen’s Counsel Horace Lloyd. Wilde ha l'arte nel sangue, fa parte della sua natura: è l'unica spiegazione che viene in mente quando persino gli abbozzi delle sue tragedie sono impeccabili (" Il cardinale di Avignone"). But now I've got this great big book which refuses to be curled up with -- I should never have sold my individual Earnest.

Having recently codified my own approach to the arts (well, certainly literature) as that of a Generalist/Surveyor, I can't take an us/them, good/bad argument about literature *so* seriously. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) counts among the best known and most quoted modern authors, who enjoyed - until the sensation caused by his 1895 trial and two-year prison sentence - a dazzling career as a major essayist, fabulist, dramatist, and poet. Also included is a comprehensive bibliography of works by and about Oscar Wilde, and a chronological table of his life and work. It is no stretch to claim to claim that Dorian Gray is a Faustian character, whilst the hedonistic Lord Henry represents a model of Huysmans' own Des Esseintes as a sort of Mephistopheles who coaxes Dorian towards his doom.The Picture of Dorian Gray bears the imprint of Charles Carrington of Paris while the rest bear Methuen and Co. First American Printing Of The Complete, Unexpurgated Text, With Sheets And Dust Jacket Printed In Great Britain. Jacket with rubbing, light toning, faint sticker shadow on the front, a few tiny tears and light bumps. The COMPLETE poetry, with special Chronological and Alphabetical contents tables – find that special poem quickly! While at Oxford, he became involved in the aesthetic movement and became an advocate for ‘Art for Art’s Sake’.

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