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Artist as Critic Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde

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ISBN-10: 0226897648

ISBN-13: 9780226897646

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Oscar Wilde, Richard Ellman

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Although known primarily as the irreverent but dazzlingly witty playwright who penned The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde was also an able and farsighted critic. He was an early advocate of criticism as an independent branch of literature and stressed its vital role in the creative process. Scholars continue to debate many of Wilde's critical positions. Included in Richard Ellmann's impressive collection of Wilde's criticism, The Artist as Critic, is a wide selection of Wilde's book reviews as well as such famous longer works as "The Portrait of Mr. W.H.," "The Soul Man under Socialism," and the four essays which make up Intentions. The Artist as Critic will satisfy any Wilde…    
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List price: $46.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 474
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
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…    

Introduction: The Critic as Artist as Wilde
The Tomb of Keats (1877)
Impressions of America (1883)
Ten O'Clock (1885) The Relation of Dress to Art
A Note in Black and White on
Dinners and Dishes (1885)
[George Saintsbury:] ""Half Hours with the Worst Authors"" (1886)
To Read, or Not to Read (1886)
Balzac in English (1886)
Ben Jonson (1886)
Two Biographies of Sir Philip Sidney (1886)
The Poets and the People (1887)
A New Book on Dickens (1887)