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The Wisdom and Wit of Oscar Wilde [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Wilde
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Book Description

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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Wilde on Sincerity: "A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal." Nearly a century after his death, the wit of Oscar Wilde remains as fresh and barbed as ever. This collection of his works, letters, reviews, anecdotes and repartee is ample proof of this iconoclast's enduring place in the world of arts and letters.

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  • File Size: 11 KB
  • Print Length: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Shamrock Eden Publishing (January 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035RPFRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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 out of 5 stars Read it often March 23, 2012
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Quotable Wilde April 3, 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a brain this man had! March 30, 2014
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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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More About the Author

Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885 and 1886.
His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.

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