The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

À propos

There's been a long-standing argument in literary circles, surrounding Shakespeare's sonnets. The works are dedicated to `Mr W.H.' and academics have debated as to who this elusive figure might be. Some have even gone as far as to suggest that the initials stand for `Willian Himself.' `The Portrait of Mr W.H.' sees Wilde give these sonnets a witty and wry autopsy, poring through them to find the identity of this shadowy dedicatee. However, this is a speculative fiction rather than an academic exercise, and Wilde creates a superb story in which a young actor might give a clue as to who Mr W.H. actually was. Ideal for fans of Shakespeare and Wilde, alike.



Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) was an Irish novelist, poet, playwright, and wit. He was an advocate of the Aesthetic movement, which extolled the virtues of art for the sake of art. During his career, Wilde wrote nine plays, including `The Importance of Being Earnest,' `Lady Windermere's Fan,' and `A Woman of No Importance,' many of which are still performed today. His only novel, `The Picture of Dorian Gray' was adapted for the silver screen, in the film, `Dorian Gray,' starring Ben Barnes and Colin Firth. In addition, Wilde wrote 43 poems, and seven essays. His life was the subject of a film, starring Stephen Fry.



  • EAN

    9788726598759

  • Disponibilité

    Disponible

  • Nombre de pages

    21 Pages

  • Poids

    225 Ko

  • Distributeur

    ePagine

  • Diffuseur

    Demarque

  • Entrepôt

    Entrepot Numérique

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    ebook (ePub)

Oscar Wilde

Né à Dublin, O. Wilde est le fils d'un chirurgien irlandais et d'une poétesse engagée pour son pays. Après des études à Oxford, il s'installe à Londres en 1879: séduisant, raffiné et subtile, il est fêté dans toute l'Angleterre. Il développe rapidement sa théorie de l'esthétisme et donne des conférences sur ce thème aux Etats-Unis. Il devient le rédacteur en chef de The Womans'World.
En 1891, il rencontre Alfred Douglas et entre dans le monde de l'homosexualité. Le père de son ami intente un procès et Wilde est condamné à deux ans de travaux forcés (1895) qu'il purge à la prison de Reading. Il quitte l'Angleterre pour la France, à l'expiration de sa peine. Commence alors une décadence dont il ne sortira pas et malgré l'aide de ses amis, il finit ses jours dans la solitude.
En ces dernières décennies du 19e siècle, Wilde incarne une nouvelle sensibilité qui apparaît en réaction contre le positivisme et le naturalisme. Dans la préface du Portrait de Dorian Gray, il définit le rôle de l'artiste, sa recherche du raffinement et de la beauté. L'oeuvre d'art a plus d'influence sur l'esthète que la vie elle-même.
"The artist is the creator of beautiful things. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. All art is quite useless." (préface de The Picture of Dorian Gray)

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