Oscar Wilde: Art and Morality

A Defence of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

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Author: Stuart Mason
Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 29,969 / 95 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.6
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 1,156
Added to site: 2010.09.10
mnybks.net#: 28958
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Criticism, Essays, , Audiobook

On the whole, an artist in England gains something by being attacked. His individuality is intensified. He becomes more completely himself. Of course, the attacks are very gross, very impertinent, and very contemptible. But then no artist expects grace from the vulgar mind, or style from the suburban intellect.

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ty will go with it, and then you will suddenly discover that there are no triumphs left for you.... Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and roses. You will become sallow, and hollow-cheeked, and dull-eyed. You will suffer horribly."[5]

Why, bless our souls! haven't we read something of this kind somewhere in the classics? Yes, of course we have! But in what recondite author? Ah--yes--no--yes, it was in Horace! What an advantage it is to have received a classical education! And how it will astonish the Yankees! But we must not forget our Puppies, who have probably occupied their time in lapping "something with strawberry in it." Puppy No. 1 (the Art Puppy) has been telling Puppy No. 3 (the Doll Puppy) how much he admires him. What is the answer? "I am less to you than your ivory Hermes or your silver Faun. You will like them always. How long will you like me? Till I have my first wrinkle, I suppose. I know now that when one loses one's good looks, whatever they may be, one lose

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