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    DescriptionWhat were Wilde's intentions? They had always been suspect, from the time of Poems, when the charge was plagiarism, to his trials, when the charge was sodomy. In Intentions (1891), the book on which his claim as a theoretical critic chiefly lies, and in two related essays, 'The Portrait of Mr W. H.' and 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism', Wilde's epigrammatic dazzle and paradoxical subversions both reveal and mask his designs upon fin-de-siecle society. In the first extended study of Wilde's criticism, Lawrence Danson examines these essays/dialogues/fictions (unsettling the categories was one of their intentions) and assesses their achievement. Danson sets Wilde's criticism in context. He shows how the son of an Irish patriot sought to create a new ideal of English culture by elevating 'lies' above history, levelling the distinction between artist and critic, and ending the sway of 'nature' over liberated human desire.


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    Title
    Wilde's Intentions
    Subtitle
    The Artist in His Criticism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lawrence Danson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 382 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780198183754
    ISBN 10: 0198183755
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSBF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH
    DC21: 828.8
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120
    DC22: 828.809
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15740
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    LC classification: PR5824.D36
    Thema V1.0: DSBH, DSBF
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    27 March 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Review quote
    "Lawrence Danson's Wilde's Intentions: The Artist and His Criticism provides illuminating and considered readings and contextualizations of Wilde's essays."--Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900
    Back cover copy
    What were Wilde's intentions? They had always been suspect, from the time of Poems, when the charge was plagiarism, to his trials, when the charge was sodomy. In Intentions (1891), the book on which his claim as a theoretical critic chiefly lies, and in two related essays, 'The Portrait of Mr W. H., and 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism', Wilde's epigrammatic dazzle and paradoxical subversions both reveal and mask his designs upon fin-de-siecle society. In the first extended study of Wilde's criticism, Lawrence Danson examines these essays/dialogues/fictions (unsettling the categories was one of their intentions) and assesses their achievement. Danson sets Wilde's criticism in context. He shows how the son of an Irish patriot sought to create a new ideal of English culture by elevating 'lies' above history, levelling the distinction between artist and critic, and ending the sway of 'nature' over liberated human desire.