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In The Decay of Lying Oscar Wilde uses his decadent ideology in an attempt to reverse and therefore reject his audiences' 'normal' conceptualizations of nature, art and morality. Wilde's views of life and art are illustrated through the use of Platonic dialogue where the character Vivian takes on the persona of Wilde. Wilde's goal is to subvert the norm by reversing its va ...more
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Published May 25th 2010 by Penguin Classic
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This compact, affordable collection comprises some (if not all) of Oscar Wilde’s best known and best loved essays. See “The Decay of Lying”, “The Critic as Artist” and “The Soul of Man Under Socialism” for example. Unlike Dorian Gray, these essays hardly call for defense, and they have each made for lovely, separate editions. However, I find that the value of this new collection lies elsewhere, namely in those other, perhaps more forgetful and certainly less enthusiastic essays that even college ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book, and it's because I found half of the essays largely uninteresting.

Still, "The Critic as Artist" and particularly "The Decay of Lying" and "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" are so amazing that they make the book a worthwhile buy. Passionate and witty, they show Oscar Wilde at his best. A must read.
Oscar Wilde was the master of the epigram, the biting riposte. Though best known for his plays and novels, Wilde’s essays demonstrate some of his sharpest zingers.

“The Decay of Lying” is a perfect example. In this short, Platonic-style dialogue between two upper-class aesthetes of the late nineteenth-century English garden variety (picture Daniel Day Lewis in “A Room with a View”), Wilde pitches his own critical theory of Aestheticism, or “Art for Art’s Sake.” The brilliance comes from his adept
Odi Shonga
The only reason I can't give this a 5 is because I couldn't get through "The Portrait of Mr. W.H.", "Pen, Pencil, and Poison", or "A Sentimental Journey through Literature". This probably says something about me more than it does Oscar, but those are the facts. Everything else I adored and must re-read again because there are some excellent lessons about life to be learnt from them (whether that's what Wilde would have intended or not).
Haythem Bastawy
A brilliant, edited, Penguin version for Kindle readers. It is very hard to get hold of Wilde's verified works on Kindle or any other form of e-books, electronic readers mainly have available the uncopy-righted unverified editions available. This book is a very good start for making Wilde's complete and verified works available electronically. The only problem is with the price which is only a pound under the paper version. This is unfair as an e-book does not cost the publisher even half the co ...more
Mary Foxe
Except for "The Truth of Masks" and the Dorian Gray section, I was not fond of this collection.
Oscar Wilde's power to convince is extraordinary!
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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