Originally published in 1891 when Wilde was at the height of his form, these brilliant essays on art, literature, criticism, and society display the flamboyant poseur s famous wit and wide learning A leading spokesman for the English Aesthetic movement, Wilde promoted art for art s sake against critics who argued that art must serve a moral purpose On every page of thiOriginally published in 1891 when Wilde was at the height of his form, these brilliant essays on art, literature, criticism, and society display the flamboyant poseur s famous wit and wide learning A leading spokesman for the English Aesthetic movement, Wilde promoted art for art s sake against critics who argued that art must serve a moral purpose 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.In the opening essay, Wilde laments the decay of Lying as an art, a science, and a social pleasure He takes to task modern literary realists like Henry James and Emile Zola for their monstrous worship of facts and stifling of the imagination What makes art wonderful, he says, is that it is absolutely indifferent to fact, art invents, imagines, dreams, and keeps between herself and reality the impenetrable barrier of beautiful style, of decorative or ideal treatment The next essay, Pen, Pencil, and Poison, is a fascinating literary appreciation of the life of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, a talented painter, art critic, antiquarian, friend of Charles Lamb, and murderer.The heart of the collection 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 so A good critic is like a virtuoso interpreter When Rubinstein 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 same experience Finally, in The Truth of Masks, Wilde returns to the theme of art as artifice and creative deception This essay focuses 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 his criticism offers many delights.
Intentions Originally published in when Wilde was at the height of his form these brilliant essays on art literature criticism and society display the flamboyant poseur s famous wit and wide learning A

  • Title: Intentions
  • Author: Oscar Wilde
  • ISBN: 9781605013206
  • Page: 421
  • Format: ebook
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    1. I own The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde and read a bunch of his shorter essays (all of which are probably not published in Intentions but who cares.) I desperately wanted to review them and thought it would be useful to do that collectively (I'm reviewing the bigger essays seperately). So here goes nothing. Mrs Langtry as Hester Grazebrook – 7 November 1882 During his visit to the States, Oscar made the acquaintance of many well-known actresses, Lilie Langtry being one of them. When he doubled [...]

    2. If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all.Intentions by Oscar Wilde, is a book which lets me ponder my current stance towards Art, Criticism and truth.The first part of the book, where Vivian and Cyril talk about Art and Life, put me more on the side of Cyril because for me Art does not make Life, for me, Life is Life. Nothing else.However, when Ernest and Gilbert start their conversation on Everything and Nothing, I could understand Gilbert's appr [...]

    3. Wilde at his best is a delight; at his worst, he tends to kick himself in the ass. Both sides are present in this collection of four long essays mostly about criticism. Two of them are set up as dialogues, and they're a mess. One side of the dialogue is the arch critic, turning all truisms on their head. The other is the straw man who is knocked silly every time he utters even a mild conventionalism. They make Wilde seem a naughty prig and nothing more--except that occasionally he relaxes for a [...]

    4. Already a fan of his work as portrayed on film and stage, having enjoyed his humor and ability to mock his characters and their practices.Mr. Wilde's knowledge and ability with language are wonders to encounter. Had to pay attention when reading this, but feel I am better for having read it.I will, undoubtedly, read more of his work.

    5. Not an interesting page turner and given the length of arguments which bore you to the core you might consider putting it down for something else.But the ideas in this book are quite deep and will make you realize things you should know about art and criticism.Is it worth the time?yes, it is constructive if you enjoy reading.

    6. The Decay of Lying is absolutely the most brilliant thing I've ever read. It's witty and relevant and insightful. When refering someone to a classic, it's number one on my list of absolute must reads.

    7. This is an 1891 collection of four essays reflecting on the process and purpose of criticism. In the main (and by far lengthiest) contribution, “The Critic as Artist,” we get a multi-act dialogue between two aesthetes, one a know-it-all pronouncing sweeping judgments on all works of art, belief systems, and relationships between Nature, Society, and Art (guess whose voice he embodies…) and the other a diffident supplicant who asks a lot of general questions, expresses astonishment at some [...]

    8. This is first class literary criticism and a clearer, more rational explanation of the aesthetic movement than Pater. Wilde is more than Earnest and epigrams, and foppish attire: he’s a serious person (although there’s “cleverness” too) and these essays are extraordinary. The Critic as Artist is particularly thought-provoking.

    9. The genius of Wilde, though in my humble opinion much more apparent and infinitely more impressive in his chief works (e.g. plays and his matchless sole novel), pervades every single gently humorous, modernisitically sombre or notoriously witty sentence. Though it was he himself who ever so perfectly and with such seeming ease captured the ungovernable nature of language in one characteristic witticism ("Language is the parent, not the child, of thought"), his flawless style, diverse vocabulary [...]

    10. Oscar Wilde was notorious for flamboyancy and wit, but only one of them comes across in Intentions - I'm sure you can guess which one. Intentions consists of a couple of Wilde's essays, and a couple more that masquerade as plays.Now, when you think of an essay, it's only natural to think of a dry chunk of text that was written for an academic thesis on the most boring subject imaginable. Not so with Wilde - despite being over a hundred years old, his essays are genuinely intriguing and offer a u [...]

    11. A treasure trove of quotable quotes. Sample: "An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.""Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time, that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."d several more on art, criticism and even journalism (on Journalism the views he holds are just as true today, as they must have been 125 years ago, when he wrote these Essays. The nature of the beast never really changes, does it?)But more than just [...]

    12. Excellent! If you are looking for a well-formed, consistent aesthetic philosophy, it's not here--Wilde's style is full of playful contradiction and reversal, but all in the service of the theme of beauty/art as the highest achievement of mankind, and its best goal. What it means to be artistic, the relation of history to art, the role of the reader, and the art object as practical, moral, or useful is all in flux in these essays, but each essay has a witty grace and meaning in and of itself. If [...]

    13. It takes hell lot of time to read this oned even more time to understand itt that its boring but I'm overwhelmed by the vast experience and literature knowledge of Oscar Wilde. And mentioning characters like Artemis, Narcissus, Aphrodite, ergo from Greek mythology and all those great writers and their work from 20th as well as 19th century It is pretty complicated with all its paradoxes reversals and criticism Yes criticism is also an art coz for that you first have to get involved in artsI love [...]

    14. In questo breve saggio Oscar Wilde affronta il tema dell'arte e della pittura cercando di andare oltre alle normali riflessioni che i critici fanno.Un'ampia parte la dedica alla narrazione della vita Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, una mente eccelsa ma anche un assassino che ha avvelenato diversi componenti della sua famigliaUn breve saggio che cerca di indagare, con ironia e con un'ottima proprietà di linguaggio, l'oggetto dell'arte per ricondurlo a significati morali e non solo estetici.

    15. "Ypač vertinu tris dalykus <…> nerūpestingai sėdėti ant aukštumos, iš kurios atsiveria platus vaizdas, prisiglausti didelių medžių paunksmėje, aplink šviečiant saulei, ir mėgautis vienatve, jaučiant aplinkinių artumą. Visa tai man suteikia kaimas.""Negalime perrašyti visos istorijos siekdami patenkinti moralinį jausmą, kaip viskas turėtų būti""Mokymasis yra puikus dalykas, tačiau retkarčiais verta prisiminti, kad nieko, ką verta žinoti, neįmanoma išmokyti"

    16. Oscar Wilde is here at his brilliant best. He almost leapt off the page with his eloquence and dedication to his subjects. I may not agree with him but listening to him make his case persuades me to think about it, just a little longer and perhaps I will too see the light. It was funny, irreverent, cerebral and pretentious. How I would have loved to be a fly on the wall at a dinner party where Oscar Wilde was a guest

    17. Wilde is clearly influenced by the Classics, the Renaissance figures and above all Shakespeare. They are his demi-gods and any thing modern is bad, even if it is a modern production of Shakespeare or 'Sophokles'. Intentions itself borrows its dialogue form from Plato. Intentions is very readable, in spite of its excesses, and is definitely worth it.

    18. Oscar Wilde is really humorous and intriguing to read.The problem is the book and its style wanes and becomes old.And it's hard to read on the Iphone.It is very funny and mind-boggling the first several chapters.He is playing the Devil's Advocate mostly in this book, which is hard to wrap your mind around.Chelsea Merkley

    19. Uneven, but often charmingFickle, stylish, witty and often smug. This is Wilde at his most quotable, alternating with longish summaries of Dante and Shakespeare used to illustrate aesthetic ideas with which Wilde himself doesn't even really agree.

    20. Wouldn't have expected less from one as magnificent as Wilde. These four amazing works of art are not only worth reading, but also life-changing (in their majority). I really enjoyed these compilation and would recommend it to any fan of criticism and classic literature.

    21. I really struggled with this book. I couldn't get into it and because of that I think I probably missed the point of what this book was about. I actually felt quite stupid as I was trying to read it because I didn't understand it.

    22. I think I'm going to stick to Wilde's plays and poetry. I mean, seriously, I'm not in school anymore. Why do I still feel like I have to force myself to read this stuff, when I could be re-reading The Importance of Being Earnest or the Ballad of Reading Gaol instead?

    23. This is a series of essays. The main one is about the nature of beauty. It's a little bit draggy at places, although Wilde's wit shines through in others.

    24. Im still currently reading it and it's very challenging to not put it down and read something else easy to grasp. But it's worth the patience.

    25. While I often find myself nodding along with Wilde, I am not fond of the way he organized his thoughts here. I have never been a fan of the form.

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