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"The Picture of Dorian Gray"--Oscar Wilde

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  • Kinga

    Fragment from Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol: "I only knew what hunted thought Quickened his step, and why He looked upon the garish day With such a wistful eye; The man had killed the thing he loved, And so he had to die. Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword! Some kill their love when they are young, And some when they are old; Some strangle with the hands of Lust, Some with the hands of Gold: The kindest use a knife, because The dead so soon grow cold. Some love too little, some too long, Some sell, and others buy; Some do the deed with many tears, And some without a sigh: For each man kills the thing he loves, Yet each man does not die."

    3 · July 13, 2014

  • Imran M.

    Thanks, Elizabeth. It truly was a "Wilde" time.

    July 12, 2014

  • Imran M.

    I was thinking of this documentary a lot tonight, which explores the themes of homosexuality, hedonism, and death in terms of Foucault's life:

    July 12, 2014

  • Rick O.

    "he put on his coat and went into the bathroom" - every other writer

    "throwing on an elaborate dressing-gown of silk embroidered cashmere wool, he passed into the onyx-paved bathroom." - Wilde

    I like how phrases like this keep popping up.

    July 10, 2014

  • Chad B.

    I was curious about this book and was able to look it up: "AGAINST NATURE is the 'poisonous French novel' that leads to the downfall of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. "

    July 8, 2014

  • Rick O.

    from the preface:

    They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty... We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is to admire it immensely. All art is quite useless.


    June 14, 2014

    • Chad B.

      Very practical. I never read anything without first knowing how much it's supposed to weigh.

      July 2, 2014

    • Rick O.

      and I thought the phrase Wilde makes on Narcissus was a reference to Ovid - I stand corrected.

      1 · July 2, 2014

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