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Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde

Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde

Selected Prose of Oscar WildeWith the possible exceptions of the Greek Anthology, the Golden Treasury and those...
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Author: Wilde, Oscar,1854-1900
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Language: English
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Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde

Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde

$174.06 $4.65

Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde

$174.06 $4.65
Author: Wilde, Oscar,1854-1900
Format: eBook
Language: English

Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde

With the possible exceptions of the Greek Anthology, the Golden Treasury and those which bear the name of E. V. Lucas, no selections of poetry or prose have ever given complete satisfaction to anyone except the compiler. But critics derive great satisfaction from pointing out errors of omission and inclusion on the part of the anthologist, and all of us have putatively re-arranged and re-edited even the Golden Treasury in our leisure moments. In an age when Art for Arts sake is an exploded doctrine, anthologies, like everything else, must have a purpose. The purpose or object of the present volume is to afford admirers of Wildes work the same innocent pleasure obtainable from similar compilations, namely that of reconstructing a selection of their own in their minds eyefor copyright considerations would interfere with the materialisation of their dream. A stray observation in an esteemed weekly periodical determined the plan of this anthology and the choice of particular passages. The writer, whose name has escaped me, opined that the reason the works of Pater and Wilde were no longer read was owing to both authors having treated English as a dead language. By a singular coincidence I had purchased simultaneously with the newspaper a shilling copy of Paters Renaissance, published by Messrs. Macmillan; and a few days afterwards Messrs. Methuen issued at a shilling the twenty-eighth edition of De Profundis. Obviously either Messrs. Macmillan and Messrs. Methuen or the authority on dead languages must have been suffering from hallucinations. It occurred to me that a selection of Wildes prose might at least rehabilitate the notorious reputation for common sense enjoyed by all publishers, who rarely issue shilling editions of deceased authors for mere sthetic considerations. And I confess to a hope that this volume may reach the eye or ear of those who have not read Wildes books, or of those, such as Mr. Sydney Grundy, who are irritated by the revival of his plays and the praise accorded to his works throughout the Continent. Wildes prose is distinguished by its extraordinary ease and clarity, and by the absencevery singular in his caseof the preciosity which he admired too much in other writers, and advocated with over-emphasis. Perhaps that is why many of his stories and essays and plays are used as English text-books in Russian and Scandinavian and Hungarian schools. Artifice and affectation, often assumed to be recurrent defects in his writings by those unacquainted with them, are comparatively rare. Wilde once boasted in an interview that only Flaubert, Pater, Keats, and Maeterlinck had influenced him, and then added in a characteristic way: But I had already gone more than half-way to meet them. Anyone curious as to the origin of Wildes style and development should consult the learned treatise {1} of Dr. Ernst Bendz, whose comprehensive treatment of the subject renders any elucidation of mine superfluous; while nothing can be added to Mr. Holbrook Jacksons masterly criticism {2} of Wilde and his position in literature. ......Buy Now (To Read More)

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Ebook Number: 1338
Author: Wilde, Oscar
Release Date: Jun 1, 1998
Format: eBook
Language: English

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Editor: Ross, Robert Baldwin, 1869-1918

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