The Critic as Artist

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Oscar Wilde, Michael Bracewell

THE EKPHRASIS SERIES is specially dedicated to publishing out-of-print, rare, and newly commissioned texts as accessible paperback volumes.

"In 'The Critic as Artist' - arguably the most complete exploration of his aesthetic thinking, and certainly the most entertaining - Oscar Wilde harnesses his famous wit to demolish the supposed boundary between art and criticism.

The essay takes the form of a leisurely dialogue between two characters: Ernest, who insists upon Wilde's own belief in art's freedom from societal mandates and values, and a quizzical Gilbert. With his playwright's ear for dialogue, Wilde champions idleness and contemplation as prerequisites to artistic cultivation."

• 176 mm × 107 mm
• 144 pages
• Date of Publication: 2019


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