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Soul of Man under Socialism and Selected Critical Prose

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ISBN-10: 0140433872

ISBN-13: 9780140433876

Edition: 2001

Authors: Oscar Wilde, Linda Dowling, Linda Dowling, Oscar Wilde

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An increasing amount of attention is being given to Wilde as a proto-feminist, a proto-republican, an embryonic postmodernist, and a sort of secular saint. This book collects all of Wilde's journalism, criticism, lectures, and occasional writings.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Flamboyant man-about-town, Oscar Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. He was born to a middle-class Irish family (his father was a surgeon) and was trained as a scholarship boy at Trinity College, Dublin. He subsequently won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by John Ruskin and Walter Pater, whose aestheticism was taken to its radical extreme in Wilde's work. By 1879 he was already known as a wit and a dandy; soon after, in fact, he was satirized in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience. Largely on the strength of his public persona, Wilde undertook a lecture tour to the United States in 1882, where he saw his play Vera…    

LINDA DOWLING is the author of five books, including The Vulgarization of Art: The Victorians and Aesthetic Democracy (1996), Hellenism and Homosexuality in Victorian Oxford (1994), and Language and Decadence in the Victorian Fin de Siecle (1986).

Introduction
Note on the Texts
Mr. Whistler's Ten o'Clock
The Relation of Dress of Art
A Sentimental Journey through Literature
Mr. Pater's Imaginary Portraits
[The Actor as Critic]
Poetical Socialists
Mr. Swinburne's Last Volume
Mr. Pater's Last Volume
The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (expanded version 1889)
In Defence of Dorian Gray (1890-91)
The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891)
The Decay of Lying
Pen, Pencil and Poison
The Critic as Artist - Part I
The Critic as Artist - Part II
The Truth of Masks
Notes
Further Reading