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Intentions (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Oscar Wilde

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Originally published in 1891, when Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was at the height of his form, these brilliant essays on art, literature, criticism, and society display his famous wit and breadth of learning. On every page of this collection the gifted literary stylist admirably demonstrates not only that the characteristics of art are "distinction, charm, beauty, and imaginative power," but also that criticism itself can be raised to an art form possessing these very qualities.

The heart of the volume is the long two-part essay titled "The Critic as Artist." In one memorable passage after another, Wilde goes to great lengths to show that the critic is every bit as much an artist as the artist himself, in some cases more so. A god critic is like a virtuoso interpreter: "When Rubenstein plays...he gives us not merely Beethoven, but also himself, and so gives us Beethoven absolutely...made vivid and wonderful to us by a new and intense personality. When a great actor plays Shakespeare we have the experience."

Also included are "The Decay of Lying," in which Wilde takes to task the modern literary realists like Henry James and Emile Zola for their "monstrous worship of facts" and stifling of the imagination; "Pen, Pencil, and Poison," a fascinating study of art critic and murderer Thomas Griffiths Wainewright; and "the Truth of Masks," on the use of masks, disguises, and costume in Shakespeare.

For newcomers to Wilde and those who already know his famous plays and fiction, this superb collection of this criticism will offer many delights.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 étoiles sur 5  15 commentaires
37 internautes sur 39 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 May be the most important of Oscar Wilde's critical works! 27 juillet 2009
Par Peter John Pols - Publié sur Amazon.com
It has been said that Intentions may be the most important of Oscar Wilde's critical works. Included in it are four essays: "The Decay of Lying," "Pen, Pencil and Poison," "The Critic as Artist," and "The Truth of Masks."

"The Decay of Lying" -- from 1889 -- is an essay couched as a dialogue that Wilde once called it a "trumpet against the gate of dullness." The substance revolves around Wilde's Aestheticism, and he argues (through one character and another) that Art is superior to Nature. . . .

"Pen, Pencil and Poison" -- from 1889 -- is a biographical essay on the notorious writer, murderer, and forger Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, who used the pen name "Janus Weathercock," and here Wilde puts forward the notion that that Wainewright's criminality reveals the soul of a true artist.

In "The Critic as Artist," -- 1890 -- The Wilde's contends that critics must reach beyond the creative work that he considers.

"The Truth of Masks" (1885) is an argumentative response to an article of Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's which put forward the notion that Shakespeare had little interest in the costumes that his characters wore.

Brilliant and (as always) so well put, Wilde is a joy to read - food for the mind and soul. This is a nice well put together edition - all Wilde lovers well want.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very, very funny! 14 septembre 2009
Par Christine Richardson - Publié sur Amazon.com
One day this summer I went Wild about Wilde! I think I purchased one copy of each of his works, and have been making my way through them all, (sometimes jumping back and forth), and Intentions is really a wonderful collection of some of his very witty, and very cutting stories. My favorite was 'The Decay of Lying' which is a subject I noticed Wilde writes about in many of his works, like in Dorian Gray.

For some reason, this book is missed but many, and I myself just found it by accident, so do yourself a favor and read it! This is a charming and delightful edition!

And if you want to read about lying in Dorian Gray:

The Picture of Dorian Gray
16 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well recommended - you will love it if you love Wilde! 6 septembre 2009
Par Nice Person - Publié sur Amazon.com
First, this is a lovely edition and well worth the money, and it arrived right on time, actually faster than I expected.

Second, the book.

Not just a wit, Wilde was an intellectual power house. You don't have to agree with him on everything, just enjoy his ability to make his own argument. In "Pen, Pencil and Poison", read how Wilde playfully argues the question, 'is a criminal an artist?' Fascinating!

Superior book, lots of wit and it will stretch your mind.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Decay of Lying (Review) 3 décembre 2010
Par Italo Perazzoli - Publié sur Amazon.com
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During a timid spring day inside a small library somewhere in Nottinghamshire, there is an ongoing debate about the philosophical meaning of Art.

Cyril is a cultured man a lover of art it seems that he lives inside a painting , he usually describe in detail what there is around him entranced by the beautiful of the nature.

Vivian on the contrary is a girl of essence; her vision of the world is characterized by cause and effect, everything is well organized, by the mother nature.

Her philosophy is those of a world in decadence where every behavior is dictated by our selfishness rather than appreciation of things.

In the first pages of this short story, there is an interesting debate in telling that nature and visual art are two different and incompatible entities, in the sense that a paintings is nothing else that the perception of the artist.

A painting is nothing else the visual preferences of the artist that does not represent the image or better the intrinsic message of the observer.

Vivian is writing an interesting article "The Decay of Lying" for a prestigious and intellectual magazine.

Her personal consideration of the visual art has not a positive valence, because according to her thought a painting is nothing else that a personal projection of a particular detail, chose by the artist, without considering its complex context.

This does not happen regarding the novels as a tool for analyzing people under different and variegate point of views, with a risk of nullify supported by her phrase;

"The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear"

The essence of this phrase is the description of a complex and interconnected world, where everything must be defined in detail like a surgeon.

In my opinion for her the art is a sort of metaphor of the modern world that is going to in the wrong direction, for instance the art under the metaphysical prospective is a sort of Darwinism where the main risk is for the next generations which will be based on the art to judge their present.

The main reason is that the "Art never express anything but itself" in brief the art will influence the realism giving a negative social model, the art does not represent what the artists see but they depict the ideology of the commitment.


5.0 étoiles sur 5 REALLY REALLY GOOD A BOOK 29 septembre 2015
Par ld0404 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It' a very good book. The auther wrote with every deep love and true feeling. I would definitely highly recommend it.
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