Oscar Wilde (Bloom's Classic Critical Views) by Harold Bloom, Paul Fox

By Harold Bloom, Paul Fox

Oscar Wilde engages and fascinates his readers together with his skill to use appropriate contraries. learn a few of his most crucial works, together with the significance of Being Earnest and Salome.

This name, Oscar Wilde, a part of Chelsea residence Publishers’ glossy serious perspectives sequence, examines the main works of Oscar Wilde via full-length serious essays by way of specialist literary critics. moreover, this name includes a brief biography on Oscar Wilde, a chronology of the author’s existence, and an introductory essay written through Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college.

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He was still precisely himself. He was still playing with ideas, playing with emotions. ” And about humility he writes many beautiful and true things. And, doubtless, while he wrote them, he had the sensation of humility. Humble he was not. Emotion was not seeking outlet: emotion came through its own expression. The artist spoke, and the man obeyed. The attitude was struck, and the heart pulsated to it. Perhaps a Cardinal Archbishop, when he kneels to wash the feet of the beggars, is filled with humility, and revels in the experience.

But every mouthful I took had a strange savour, for I was thinking of what poor Wilde might at that moment be scooping out of a greasy pannikin with a wooden spoon, and the thought flavoured all the sauces of that dinner. I know little of his prison life, for I never spoke to him on the subject after his release, and what I do know is from hearsay only, but it appears that that first evening in Wandsworth Gaol was to him one of terrible suffering— indeed, that he revolted when he was told to enter a filthy bath in which other prisoners had preceded him.

Bibi was supposed to have taken a fancy to Wilde’s walking-stick, and the young men persuaded the poet that if he did not surrender this treasure he would be murdered on his way home through the lonely streets. Wilde cried and protested. I do not know that I acted any heroic part in the matter. I was so disgusted that I went straight out of the cafe, permanently cured of any taste for Bohemianism that I may ever have possessed. Indeed, I have never since been able to see a student, with his blue beret, his floating cloak, his floating tie, and his youthful beard, without a feeling of aversion.

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