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  • Art and the Handicraftsman » An essay on art - There is no opposition to beauty except ugliness: all things are either beautiful or ugly. (9 pages)
  • De Profundis » A very long, intensely emotional letter written from prison at Reading Gaol to Lord Alfred Douglas – Bosie. (28 pages)
  • House Decoration » A lecture on house decoration: What is the meaning of beautiful decoration which we call art? (5 pages)
  • Impressions of America » Thoughts and impressions after lecture touring the United States in 1882. (4 pages)
  • Lecture to Art Students » Lecture about art and beauty: Nothing is more dangerous to the young artist than any conception of ideal beauty. (6 pages)
  • London Models » An essay on art models: Professional models are a purely modern invention. (5 pages)
  • Miscellaneous Aphorisms » A vast collection of Wilde's aphorisms and witty one-liners. (31 pages)
  • Pen, Pencil, And Poison » Essay about Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794 1847), English artist and serial poisoner. (14 pages)
  • Poems in Prose » Six prose poems published in The Fortnightly Review magazine in 1894. (6 pages)
  • Reviews » A collection of reviews written before Wilde's fame. (304 pages)
  • Selected Prose » A collection prose writings, with a preface by Robert Ross, a Canadian journalist and art critic. (57 pages)
  • Shorter Prose Pieces » Short prose collection on various topics and issues. (21 pages)
  • Some Cruelties Of Prison Life » Protest letter to The Daily Chronicle, criticism of the prison system. (7 pages)
  • The Critic As Artist » An essay on art written in the form of a philosophical dialogue. It contains Wilde's major aesthetic statements. (46 pages)
  • The Decay Of Lying » A critical dialogue between two upper-class aesthetes. (21 pages)
  • The English Renaissance of Art » Lecture on the English art, first delivered in New York, 1882. (17 pages)
  • The Rise of Historical Criticism » Lengthy essay evaluating historical writings and the art of criticism. (40 pages)
  • The Soul Of Man Under Socialism » An essay exploring socialism ideas. (24 pages)
  • The Truth Of Masks » An essay focusing of dramatic theory. (17 pages)

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The Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde

An Annotated Selection

Oscar Wilde

Edited by Nicholas Frankel

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An authoritative edition of Oscar Wilde’s critical writings shows how the renowned dramatist and novelist also transformed the art of commentary.

Though he is primarily acclaimed today for his drama and fiction, Oscar Wilde was also one of the greatest critics of his generation. Annotated and introduced by Wilde scholar Nicholas Frankel, this unique collection reveals Wilde as a writer who transformed criticism, giving the genre new purpose, injecting it with style and wit, and reorienting it toward the kinds of social concerns that still occupy our most engaging cultural commentators.

“Criticism is itself an art,” Wilde wrote, and The Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde demonstrates this philosophy in action. Readers will encounter some of Wilde’s most quotable writings, such as “The Decay of Lying,” which famously avers that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates life.” But Frankel also includes lesser-known works like “The American Invasion,” a witty celebration of modern femininity, and “Aristotle at Afternoon Tea,” in which Wilde deftly (and anonymously) carves up his former tutor’s own criticism. The essays, reviews, dialogues, and epigrams collected here cover an astonishing range of themes: literature, of course, but also fashion, politics, masculinity, cuisine, courtship, marriage—the breadth of Victorian England. If today’s critics address such topics as a matter of course, it is because Wilde showed that they could. It is hard to imagine a twenty-first-century criticism without him.

No, it’s not poetry, but it’s the next best thing: prose that floats along on rhyme and rhythm…Rejoice in a book made up of what one essay calls ‘passages…[of]…pure and perfect beauty.’ —The Tablet
A remarkable collection…Students and scholars of literature will relish these witty, acerbic outings. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This is an absorbing volume for which all Wilde fans should be grateful. —D. J. Taylor, Washington Examiner
A lucid guide to the dissident thought of Oscar Wilde, who attacked the genteel gender norms and philanthropic pieties of imperial Britain. At this moment of cultural crisis in the dwindling humanities, Wilde's eloquent defense of individualism, as well as his celebration of the beauty and power of art, could not be more timely. —Camille Paglia, author of Sexual Personae
Wilde was a first-rate critic and an essayist and a thoughtful provocateur years before he became a successful playwright, a scandalous novelist, or a queer icon: he’s still a terrific critic today, with a range wider than almost anyone knows. Here are essays you’ve read if you care about Wilde already (‘The Decay of Lying’) and essays even scholars may not have seen. Here is the impossible socialist, anti-populist radical, anti-Platonic creator of Platonic dialogues, infinitely insatiable individualist, and, of course, ‘The Critic as Artist.’ If you’re like me, you owe it to yourself to return to him and check him out. We shall not see his like again. —Stephanie Burt, author of Don’t Read Poetry
It is refreshing to see Wilde the critic take center stage. This is an astute selection showing the full range of the essays, dialogues, and reviews that helped make Oscar's name, brought together expertly by Nicholas Frankel, whose characteristically insightful introduction is essential reading. —Kate Hext, author of Walter Pater
  • Nicholas Frankel has published many books about Oscar Wilde, including Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years , The Short Stories of Oscar Wilde , The Annotated Prison Writings of Oscar Wilde , The Invention of Oscar Wilde , and The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition . He is Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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The Works of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde has been one of the most famous writers of all time. His works have inspired a lot of others to take up writing. Originally christened as Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, he was a prolific writer from Ireland.

He has numerous poems, plays, fiction and essays to his name. He had shown his creativity and mettle in the different forms of literature.

He had composed various pieces during the 1880s and settled into being one of London’s most popular playwrights with the start of the 1890s. He is revered for his plays, epigrams and the novel The Picture of Dorian Grey. He was imprisoned under certain circumstances and did die an immature death.

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Family and Early Life of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born on October 16, 1854, in Dublin, Ireland. He was the second of the three Wilde siblings, born to Sir William Wilde and Jane Wilde. Her mother was an Irish nationalist and wrote poetry for Young Irelanders under the pseudonym Speranza. Her works and the poetry from Young Irelanders gave birth to a deep love for literature that Oscar developed over the ages.

Oscar’s elder William Wilde was a leading to-ophthalmologic surgeon from Ireland and was consequently knighted in 1864 for his services. The dispensary created by William became the forerunner for the Dublin Eye and Ear Hospital.

Young Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde got a preliminary education at home from a French bonne as well as a German governess until the age of nine. After that, Oscar Wilde got formal education from the Portora Royal School in Enniskillen of County Fermanagh. Wilde also had a sister named Isola who died of meningitis at a tender age of nine. Oscar had later dedicated the poem Requiescat in her memory.

Wilde attended college at the Trinity College in Dublin from 1871 to 1874. He had received the guidance of his mentor J.P. Mahaffy during this period and had also helped him write the book Social Life in Greece. Wilde also received a lot of knowledge from the University Philosophical Society, becoming an established member in a short amount of time.

Oscar was one of the outstanding students at the college and won the Berkeley Gold Medal, which was the highest academic award in Greek. He also won the demyship to Magdalen College in Oxford. Thereafter, he attended Magdalen College from 1874 to 1878.

Popular Works by Oscar Wilde

Oscar has written volumes in terms of literature. There have been poems, novels, plays, epigrams and others. The following are the works of Wilde in their chronological order:

  • Ravenna (1878) – The poem has seven parts and describes a person who has landed in a city. The poem starts with memories of the country and it ends with a salute to the city.
  • Poems (1881) – The first collection of poems written by Wilde was published during this time. He visited the United States for a lecture tour in 1882. These poems served as a springboard.
  • Stories and Tales (1888) – A collection of short stories were published for children that consisted of titles like “The Nightingale and the Rose”, “The Selfish Giant”, “The Happy Prince”, “The Devoted Friend” and “The Remarkable Rocket”.
  • The Decay of Living (1889) – One of the most famous essays by Wilde, it presents two characters Vivian and Cyril engulfed in a conversation. Wilde presents the essays in a Socratic dialogue, where the characters are having s playful and whimsical conversation. The essay promotes Romanticism over Realism as Wilde’s view.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) – This has been the only full-length novel from Wilde and had gone through a lot of scrutinies in his days, surviving them all to become a classic work of fiction.
  • Another Collection of Short Stories (1891) – A collection of short and semi-comic stories that included “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime”, “The Sphinx Without a Secret”, “The Canterville Ghost” and “The Model Millionaire”.
  • Intentions (1891) – This was another collection of essays and featured a revised version of “The Decay of Lying”.
  • Salome (1891) – The play is about the Biblical story of Salome, who was the stepdaughter of the tetrarch Herod Antipas. She requests the head of Jokanaan on a silver platter as the reward for the dance of the seven veils.
  • The House of Pomegranates (1892) – Another collection of short stories featuring “The Birthday of the Infanta”, “The Young King”, “The Star-Child” and “The Fisherman and His Soul”.
  • Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) – A four-act comedy that satirizes the morals of society.
  • A Woman of No Importance (1893) – A play that satirized the English upper-class society.
  • The Duchess of Padua (1893) – The Duchess of Padua was a five-act melodramatic tragedy set in Padua and was written in blank verse.
  • The Sphinx (1894) – The poem talks about the thousand weary centuries of history behind the Sphinx.
  • An Ideal Husband (1895) – It was a comedic play that revolved around blackmail and political corruption.
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) – The play is a farcical comedy where the protagonists maintain fictitious personae and escape social obligations. The major themes of the play include the triviality with which institutions like marriage were treated in Victorian society .
  • De Profundis (1897) – It was a letter in whose first half Wilde recounts a previous relationship that had led to the conviction of Wilde and imprisonment. The second half talks about spiritual development in prison.
  • The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) – It was written during Wilde’s imprisonment. He was sentenced to two years of hard labor in prison after being convicted of homosexual offenses.

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• Birthday of the Infanta, The from ‘A House of Pomegranates’ • Canterville Ghost , The • Devoted Friend, The • Fisherman and his Soul, The from ‘A House of Pomegranates’ collection • Happy Prince , The • Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime • Model Millionaire , The • Nightingale and the Rose, The • Portrait of Mr. W. H., The • Remarkable Rocket, The • Selfish Giant , The • Sphinx Without a Secret, The • Star-Child, The from ‘A House of Pomegranates’ • Young King, The from ‘A House of Pomegranates’ Fiction/Novel Category • Picture of Dorian Gray

List of Oscar Wilde’s Essays

• American invasion, The • Anglo-Indian’s Complaint, An • Art And The Handicraftsman • Art at Willis’s rooms • Beauties of Bookbinding, The • Close of the Arts and Crafts, The • Critic as Artist, The • De Profundis • Decay of Lying: An Observation, The • English Poetesses • English Renaissance Of Art, The • Ethics of Journalism, The • Grosvenor Gallery, 1877, The • House Decoration • House of Pomegranates, A • Keats’s Sonnet on Blue • L’envoi • Lecture To Art Students • Letter To Joaquin Miller • Letters on Dorian Gray • London Models • Miscellaneous Aphorisms • More Radical Ideas Upon Dress Reform • Mr Morris on Tapestry • Mr Whistler’s Ten O’Clock • Mrs. Langtry as Hester Grazebrook • Pen, Pencil, and Poison • Poems In Prose • Printing and Printers • Puppets And Actors • Relation of Dress to Art. A Note in Black and White on Mr. Whistler’s Lecture, The • Reviews • Rise of Historical Criticism, The • Sculpture At the Arts and Crafts • Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde • Shorter Prose Pieces • Soul of Man under Socialism, The • Tomb of Keats, The • Truth of Masks – A Note On Illusion, The • Unity of the Arts. A Lecture and a Five O’Clock, The • Women’s Dress Play Category

• Duchess Of Padua, The A play/drama • Florentine Tragedy – A Fragment, A • For Love of the King, a Burmese Masque A short play • Ideal Husband, An A comedy/drama play • Importance of Being Earnest, The A comedy play • Lady Windermere’s Fan A play/drama • Sainte Courtisane – A Fragment, La • Vera; Or, The Nihilists Melodrama play • Woman of No Importance, A A comedy/drama play

List of Oscar Wilde’s Poems

• Amor Intellectualis • Apologia • At Verona • Athanasia • Ave Imperatrix • Ave Maria Gratia Plena • Ballad of Reading Gaol, The • Ballade De Marguerite (Normande) • Bella Donna Della Mia Mente , La • Burden Of Itys, The • By The Arno • Camma • Canzonet • Chanson • Charmides • Desespoir • Dole Of The King’s Daughter (Breton), The • E Tenebris • Easter Day • Endymion (For Music) • Fabien Dei Franchi • Flower of Love • From Spring Days To Winter (For Music) • Fuite De La Lune, La • Garden Of Eros, The • Grave Of Keats, The • Grave Of Shelley, The • Greece • Harlot’s House, The • Helas! • Her Voice • Holy Week At Genoa • Humanitad • Impression De Voyage • Impression Du Matin • Impression–Le Reveillon • In The Forest • In The Gold Room–A Harmony • Italia • Jardin, Le • Jardin Des Tuileries, Le • Les Ballons • Les Silhouettes • Libertatis Sacra Fames • Louis Napoleon • Madonna Mia • Magdalen Walks • Mer, La • My Voice • New Helen, The • New Remorse, The • On The Massacre Of The Christians In Bulgaria • On The Sale By Auction Of Keats’ Love Letters • Pan–Double Villanelle • Panneau, Le • Panthea • Phedre • Portia • Quantum Mutata • Queen Henrietta Maria • Quia Multum Amavi • Ravenna • Requiescat • Rome Unvisited • Roses And Rue • San Miniato • Santa Decca • Serenade (For Music) • Silentium Amoris • Sonnet On Approaching Italy • Sonnet On Hearing The Dies Irae Sung In The Sistine Chapel • Sonnet To Liberty • Sphinx, The • Symphony In Yellow • Taedium Vitae • Theocritus–A Villanelle • Theoretikos • To Milton • To My Wife–With A Copy Of My Poems • Tristitiae • True Knowledge, The • Under The Balcony • Urbs Sacra Aeterna • Vision, A • Vita Nuova • With A Copy Of ‘A House Of Pomegranates’

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Oscar Wilde: Essays Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

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One of the most important symbols in the essays of Wilde by virtue not only of their recurrence, but their prominence within, are masks. In “Pen, Pencil and Poison” he observes the paradox at the heart of this symbol: “A mask tells us more than a face.” Elsewhere he is even more to the point on the symbolic value he invests in disguise, advising that if you give a person a mask, “he will tell you the truth.” What is generally viewed as an instrument of deception for the purpose of disguising the truth is in Wilde's perspective an instrument allowing the liberation of the truth.

In “The Critic as Artist” Wilde is also quite direct in identifying symbols for the purposes of analysis and interpretation. Wilde writes a great deal on the subject of beauty; it is a pervasive topic in not just the essays, but his prose, poetry and drama. In this particular examination, however, he identifies once and for what exactly is so special about beauty that it is worth returning to for multiple analysis and the answer is perhaps surprising:

“Beauty is the symbol of symbols. Beauty reveals everything, because it expresses nothing.”

Private Property

“The Soul of Man Under Socialism” is one which has been discharged from the fetters of want. Wilde argues that it is the pursuit of the accumulation of which promise to make life worth living which is the very thing keeping most people from living a full and satisfying life wrapped in the trappings of individualism. Private property becomes in this sense the symbolic centerpiece of a wasted life since, after all, nobody have yet figured out how to transfer the deed of that property into the afterlife.

Art is perhaps the ultimate symbol in the writings of Oscar Wilde; perhaps even more so in his essays. It pops up as the topic quite often and even when not exactly the subject at hand, he finds a way to introduce it into the discourse. For Wilde, art becomes the controlling symbol of happiness:

“The aim of all art is simply to make life more joyous.”

Art is a symbol of experience as spiritual epiphany:

“Every single work of art is the fulfilment of a prophecy.”

The absence of art is Philistinism and an incomplete existence:

“industry without art is simply barbarism.”

Wilde may write that beauty is the symbol of symbols, but he lives as that honor belonged to art.

Oscar Wilde

Ultimately, there is not getting around admitting the obvious. The single most dominant symbol in the essays of Oscar Wilde is neither beauty nor art and turns out to quite possibly be the exact opposite of mask: it is the author himself. With nearly every stroke of the pen comes a witty epigram, a corrosive insult, a majestically self-assured opinion or some other brilliant composed and constructed recognition of his own undeniable superiority in taste, intellect, understanding foresight and myriad other aspects of personality which contributed to allowing Wilde to write about the singular value of individualism with a confidence acquitted no other writer of the Victorian Era. Even if primarily in his own mind, Oscar Wilde in the writing of Oscar Wilde is forwarded as the symbolic incarnation of what every the Victorian gentlemen should have been.

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Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885 and 1886.

His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.

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With the disreputable Donald Trump challenging the disfavored President Biden, the 2024 race has become the embodiment of Oscar Wilde’s witticism about fox hunting: “the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible.”

Bleeding young and nonwhite voters, the president finally heeded Democrats urging him to “get out there,” as Nancy Pelosi put it, and throw some haymakers at Trump.

Biden flew to Pennsylvania on Friday to visit Valley Forge and make a pugnacious speech invoking an earlier moment when we were fighting against despotism and clinging to a dream of a democracy.

In a discontented winter during the American Revolution, George Washington tried to inspire his downtrodden troops at Valley Forge by having Thomas Paine’s “The American Crisis” read to them.

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” Paine wrote, adding, “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.”

As the voting to determine the next president gets underway, it is clear that the tyrannical Trump won’t be easily conquered. And that is our hell.

“You can’t love your country only when you win,” Biden said in his speech , making a forceful case that America, which dumped the mad King George, should not embrace the mad King Donald.

If we bow down to a wannabe dictator who loves dictators, who echoes the language of Nazi Germany, who egged on the mob on Jan. 6 and then rewrote the facts to “steal history” just as he tried to steal the election, Biden wondered, what does that say about who we are?

Rejecting Trump’s campaign of grievance, vengeance, malignance and connivance, the president said, “We never bow. We never bend. We speak of possibilities — not carnage. We’re not weighed down by grievances. We don’t foster fear. We don’t walk around as victims.”

On Thursday, the Biden-Harris campaign blasted out excerpts from a Margaret Sullivan column in The Guardian, upbraiding the media on its tendency to fall into “performative neutrality,” focusing too much on Biden’s presentation and poll numbers and not enough on stressing what a second Trump presidency would mean.

Journalists should not fear looking as if they’re “in the tank” for Biden if they zero in on Trump’s seditious behavior, Sullivan said; the media should worry less about the horse race than about underscoring that many of Trump’s threats are authoritarian.

She is right that the media must constantly remind itself not to use old tropes on a new trollop like Trump, particularly since the media is in a confluence of interest with Trump — as he himself has pointed out.

Thanks to Trump, journalists can be festooned with gold — lucrative book contracts, TV deals and speaking gigs. The man who enriched himself with millions from foreign states and royalty seeking favors from the United States has the power to enrich us, too. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime story, the outlandish star of an even bigger reality show than his last.

He put up a video on Truth Social on Friday touting the idea that God created him as a caretaker and “shepherd to mankind.” (It also chided Melania, showing her tripping and acting as if all she had to do was lunch with friends.) A narrator intones: “God said, ‘I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, fix this country, work all day, fight the Marxists, eat supper, then go to the Oval Office and stay past midnight at a meeting of the heads of state,’” topping off a hard week with Sunday church. “So God made Trump.” It was bound to happen: Trump playing divine victim, to pass himself off as Christlike or even hard-working. Both are equally untrue.

At his Friday afternoon speech in Sioux Center, Iowa, Trump resorted to his bully-boy ways, mocking Biden’s stutter.

I am not sure whether pounding away on the facts will work in a country with alternate realities. According to a new Washington Post/University of Maryland poll , 25 percent of Americans said it is “probably” or “definitely” true that the F.B.I. was behind Jan. 6. Among Republicans, The Post said, 34 percent said the F.B.I. “organized and encouraged the insurrection, compared with 30 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats.”

If people don’t know by now that Trump tried to overthrow the government he was running on Jan. 6; if they don’t know that the MAGA fanatics breaking into the Capitol, beating up cops and threatening to harm Pelosi and hang Mike Pence were criminals, not “patriots” and “hostages,” as Trump risibly calls them; if they don’t know that Trump created the radical Supreme Court that is stripping women of their rights, then they don’t want to know, or they just don’t care.

But the media must pound on. The duplicitous enablers at Fox News aside, journalists learned a lot in 2016 and have changed practices to better fence with Trump, fact-checking him more closely, engaging in defensive reporting, no longer covering every tweet like holy writ. Threats to democracy now count as a beat, just like schools and courts; The Times uses the rubric “Democracy Challenged.”

When Dick Cheney was a deranged vice president, I was not permitted to call him a liar in my column. But now The Times lets columnists call Trump a liar. We have learned to separate the man from the office. Just because someone sits in the hallowed White House doesn’t mean he deserves the respect of the office. Not if he’s ginning up a fake war or if he’s flirting with treason and white supremacy.

Still, the Biden-Harris campaign’s trumpeting of Sullivan’s column gives the impression that it expects the media to prop up Biden.

Biden has to press his own case and not rely on the media or Trump’s fatuousness to win the election for him.

People don’t want to vote against somebody; they want to vote for somebody.

The president must continue to be aggressive in convincing people he’s the best alternative; that, at 81, he’s not too old for the job; that he has solutions to stop the chaos on the border and relentless death in Gaza.

You do your job, Mr. President, and we’ll do ours.

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