Oscar Wilde was a successful playwright of his day. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray was published in Solomon, Indiana University. Convert currency. Add to Basket.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 20, leynes rated it it was amazing. Almost three years and 1, pages later I'm finally marking this as read, what a surreal feeling. I cannot believe that I have read every single word of Oscar's published writing. I know, they're are still many private letters left for me to discover but, you guys, I did it. I am proud of myself and I am proud of my trash son. I don't think I'll ever love an author as much as I love Oscar. Here's to the man who believed when he died that his name would be toxic for generations to come.
For hund Almost three years and 1, pages later I'm finally marking this as read, what a surreal feeling. For hundreds of years his works wouldn't be read. He would stand for nothing but perversion; utter disgust of a society that couldn't bear people like him. Oh, how wrong you were, my darling child. You're still one of the most read authors in the 21th century and we all love and appreciate you very much. They even had to lock up your sarcophagus because people wouldn't stop kissing it.
I wish I could wake you up for five minutes to tell you that, then you could go back to sleep again. View all 9 comments. Nov 04, Rachelandthecity rated it it was amazing. Wilde has such a gift with phrasing, I always think about how parallel he seems to me with Ryan Adams. So many accolades so early, then such a fever to tear him apart. Here's a few quotes: A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Anyon Wilde has such a gift with phrasing, I always think about how parallel he seems to me with Ryan Adams. Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. Biography lends to death a new terror.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
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Genius is born--not paid. I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones. I am not young enough to know everything. I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability. If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
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Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. View 2 comments. Unfortunately this was a bit of a mixed bag for me! Hilarity ensues Then there was The Canterville Ghost which was an absolute blast! The combination of the macabre with some comedy was just perfect!
Following this we have a number of stories for children that Wilde has written. These were hit and miss for me personally. Certain themes and messages became a bit repetitive - there was always a lovely message at the end, but sometimes the message made me roll my eyes Next up was A House of Pomegranates which is a collection of his fairy tales. Again, all beautifully written - I can never fault that - but I am not a huge fairy tale person?
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So again, up and down! The collection closes with The Ballad of Reading Gaol, which Tes paperbackbones had told me about before, which is a poem that Wilde had written in exile following his release from the same prison. The inclusion of this poem at the very end left quite a different tone from the stories that preceded it. It narrates the execution of a fellow inmate, highlighting the punishments that all convicts share. So essential it's not even funny. Not a better writer in the English language.
Also if one can have a hero in this world, I think Wilde can fit that bill. He maybe the first writer that I realize was a rebel of sorts. My first actual rock n' roll figure that I looked up to. I started reading Wilde as a young teenager - due to the fact that he seemed to be the most glamourous figure in literature. Most of my high school friends were into the Beats or such toss as Jonathan Bach, but Wilde was my a So essential it's not even funny. And the fact that I am straight to be attracted to such a guy figure had a great importance in my life.
Wilde represented a third way to me. The fact that he was outside of his culture appealed to my aesthetic - plus it was sexy. Oscar Wilde, born in the 19th Century and dying in the new 20th Century - was truly an artist of the 20th Century. Oscar Wilde I salute you! View all 4 comments. Mar 28, Spencer added it. What can I say? You either love Wilde or you don't understand him, and I love him. Nov 14, Courtney marked it as to-read Shelves: library , league-of-ex-gents , irish-authors , european-authors , zth-century , gothic-macabre , full-of-light-and-whimsy , opera-omnia , fiction , literature-classic.
View 1 comment. This was just perfect. What else could I say? The writing and wit of Oscar Wilde is just admirable and hilarious. The adaptations on this audiobook made them come to live and it was so much fun listening I often forgot I was not alone but felt like part of the audience in the theater. I recommend this to anyone who has wanted to give Oscar Wilde a go.
I remember discovering Oscar Wilde with 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', a luscious and decadent read which, ironically enough, had not only made his success but also caused his downfall being quoted ad nauseam during his trial. Well, Oscar Wilde, we know, finally ended up in jail.
His work from behind bars is, about, really touching. First, 'De Profundis' , his letter to his lover, is an insightful take upon his fate - the pain of a man looked upon, ruined and humiliated, who nevertheless has the I remember discovering Oscar Wilde with 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', a luscious and decadent read which, ironically enough, had not only made his success but also caused his downfall being quoted ad nauseam during his trial. First, 'De Profundis' , his letter to his lover, is an insightful take upon his fate - the pain of a man looked upon, ruined and humiliated, who nevertheless has the unforgiving lucidity to don't spare himself for his mistakes.
For sure, it reeks of a sad bitterness. It is, nevertheless, so honest it's quite disarming. Then, his 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'. Powerful verses, grim but deeply heartfelt, here's one of his most intense text, and surely one of his best work. Well, as far as I am concerned, it certainly stands out from the rest of his poetry! His 'Poems' indeed are, overall, quite bad. A classicist at heart, Oscar Wilde attempted to follow strict formal rules that are everything but suited to his stylised and flowery language, going over the top and feeling way too rigid. I preferred his 'Prose Poems' , where he tossed off such strictness to completely unleash himself.
In fact, mostly religious mystic? As for the plays I am not one for theatre; it's just not my cup of tea. I have to say though that I absolutely enjoyed reading most of his! I didn't know he had written a tragedy 'The Duchess of Padua' , which was a nice surprise, especially since it's a really good play overall. Noteworthy too are his essays on Art. His tales are entertaining too, though I disliked the ones he wrote for children all unsuited and complete failure. All in all then, here's a great compilation.
tagmonstrafmoafluf.ga It can feel unequal again, some of his work was really bad -most of his poems, a few tales A pure jewel, that deserves to adorn the personal libraries of every lovers of literature.. Brilliant writing. Real, deep themes which one can relate to the present life.
A fantastic ending. Definitely worth every single one of those 5 stars. I read this book at least once a year. This version of the book is incredible thick and some difficult to hold. View all 3 comments. The first time I read this novel I found it cold and repellent. It might be all the greater an artefact to make for that effect. How is it the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors? What does that mean anyway?
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The artist in his art is mirroring the spectator — of the art? Was I seeing myself or the artist himself in his artefact? This is a preface to a fiction which deals with the relationship of an artist to what he puts himself into and that of a spectator who sees himself in it.
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