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The Wisdom and Wit of Oscar Wilde (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Oscar Wilde

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Quotations from the works of Oscar Wilde, including lines from The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windemere's Fan, The Picture of Dorian Gray,The Artist as Critic, and many other works.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Editeur : Shamrock Eden Publishing (23 janvier 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0035RPFRS
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Between Me and Life There is A Mist of Words Always" 9 août 2003
Par Anthony G Pizza - Publié sur
Oscar Wilde once said "Drama is the meeting place of art and life." In this essential, compact volume Ralph Keyes leaves a trail to that corner by gathering the flamboyant author's thorniest, at times most insightful quotes and anecdotes. Keyes uses Wilde's plays, reviews, letters, interrogations, even conversational repartee (given its own section) which remained Wilde's signature to his time.
Keyes divides Wilde's epigrams and puns into brief, easily readable sections. Wilde twists traditional views on permanent truths and those of his day: altruism ("Charity creates a multitude of sins.") history ("History is merely gossip.") theology, poverty, dissent ("Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.")
Above all, Wilde (through Keyes' selections) quips and dissects each of the fine arts (music, prose, painting) and roles for creator, viewer, interpreter. He addresses the writer ("Even prophets correct their proofs.") critic ("Criticism is the highest form of autobiography"), and artist ("Like the Greek gods, artists are known only to each other.")
Amid his fast-paced one liners on male-female relations you sense how Wilde viewed marriage over and above his well-known bromide, "Divorces are made in heaven." The book ends with Wilde explaining and defending the homosexual relationship he called "the love that dare not speak its name". Whether or not you accept Wilde's lifestyle preferences, his eloquent, sad defense of a letter he wrote a younger man is moving as he describes the unique merge of intellect and youthful energy which to him formed "the noblest sort of affection." It is as close to heartfelt as anyone could get who once said, "A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."
Oscar Wilde was parodied, villified, and eventually imprisoned for his beliefs and flamboyance. But he eventually influenced artists from George Bernard Shaw to John Lennon, staking a claim as the earliest example of a postmodern artist. This book helps introduce Wilde's full books and plays (Keyes references them consistently and provides a full bibliography), or helps you reference witty, intellectual (or psuedo-intellectual, as Wilde might have preferred) quotes for any occassion. (As to plagarizing, Wilde himself called it, "the privilege of the appreciative man.") His full literary courses are nutritious and filling enough, but "The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde" is as savory when reading or writing as salt is when dining.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Most Quotable Of Writers (Shakespeare Excluded) 6 juillet 2008
Par R. J. Marsella - Publié sur
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This compendium of quotes from Oscar Wilde is arranged by subject matter alphabetically and provides a great deal of entertainment for $7 bucks. Not to mention it is the ultimate source for witty quotations to make you the life of the party. Seriously, a great book to page through at random for some laughs and thought provoking witticisms from the most quotable modern author.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read it often 24 mars 2012
Par Popera Lover - Publié sur
I keep this handy and on my I would have loved to have met him, although I am sure he was no one's tongue and acerbic wit...a great combination.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Quotable Wilde 3 avril 2014
Par Vaughan Jackson - Publié sur
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Very witty and amusing, here is a great yet inexpensive edition of Wilde's quotes. I smiled at virtually every single sentence! A pleasure reading the quips of a genius.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow, what a brain this man had! 31 mars 2014
Par Steven Kerry - Publié sur
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OMG. Thank God this man would not shut up while he was alive. He was brilliant and hilarious, and so is this collection of his quotes, lines from his plays, and assorted zingers, often aimed at the upper crust snobs and self-righteous hypocrites of his time. This is one delightful popsicle of a book so treat yourself to one of the sharpest wits that ever lived. His very attendance at a dinner party or gathering must've made people gaseous with veiled anxiety; even the tea cups probably trembled when he sat down to hold court in his inimitable way, which he loved doing. Nowadays some might refer to him as an "attention ho"; television producers would be lining up at his door to get him to agree to star in a reality series. Too bad he got involved with such a screwed up young man, but what a life he had before he fell into the trap that led to his heartbreaking demise. He lives on through his plays, his classic and singular novel, and his assorted writing (don't miss his short stories and fairy tales; they are wonderful).
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