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The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde Hardcover – 23 Mar 1970

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  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: W.H. Allen / Virgin Books; 1st ed edition (23 Mar. 1970)
  • ISBN-10: 0491001045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0491001045
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,060,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As one enters Rome from the Via Ostiensis by the Porta San Paolo, the first object that meets the eye is a marble pyramid which stands close at hand on the left. Read the first page
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This extensive (nearly five hundred page) collection of Mr. Wilde's critical writings provides much food for thought regarding the nature of literacy, and valuably more than makes up for the slight expense of its price. The penultimate piece of sayings and philosophies for the young alone happily repays abundantly any investment of time and money.

Wilde, like Poe, is lesser known for his criticism and aesthetic philosophies, yet both in their prime wrote extensively, reviewing other writers and their art form.

The preface to Dorian Gray, here included reads in places like classical haiku about writing. Wilde cleverly and clearly presents his thoughts concerning the nature of reality, of art, and his mirroring reality through art in order to aid us to see and to believe and to understand and to learn and to live in this reality in which we discover ourselves. He shows us how to discover ourselves, and to live with knowledge, wisdom and intelligence.

This is why the Empire imprisoned silenced and ultimately broke him. He saw and reported too truly through his wonderful plays and writings and epigrams the corrupt nature of the Empire and dared speak truth to power.
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