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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: 29,948 / 95 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.8
LoC Category: P
Downloads: 727
Added to site: 2010.09.17
mnybks.net#: 29021
Genre: Criticism

What the public calls an unhealthy novel is always a beautiful and healthy work of art.

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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 loses everything.... I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose?... Oh, if it was only the other way! If the picture could only change, and I could be always what I am now!"[6]

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