The Remarkable Rocket

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Playwright, poet, essayist, flamboyant man-about-town, Oscar Wilde pack an astonishing amount of work, genius, and controversy into two short decades, producing masterworks in every literary genre. This selection includes almost all of his short stories, including "The Canterville Ghost," "The Fisherman and his Soul," and "The Remarkable Rocket."

Alongside THE MODEL MILLIONAIRE, Harper Perennial will publish the short fiction of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Herman Melville, Willa Cather, Leo Tolstoy, and Stephen Crane to be packaged in a beautifully designed, boldly colorful boxset in the aim to attract contemporary fans of short fiction to these revered masters of the form. Also, in each of these selections will appear a story from one of the new collections being published in the "Summer of the Short Story." A story from Simon Van Booy's forthcoming collection, LOVE BEGINS IN WINTER, will be printed at the back of this volume.

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This carefully crafted ebook is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents of the complete works of Oscar Wilde, containing more than 150 works. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 – 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams and plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment which was followed by his early death. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris but it was refused a licence. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London. At the height of his fame and success, while his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), was still on stage in London, Wilde had the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, prosecuted for libel, a charge carrying a penalty of up to two years in prison. The trial unearthed evidence that caused Wilde to drop his charges and led to his own arrest and trial for gross indecency with other men. After two more trials he was convicted and imprisoned for two years' hard labour. In 1897, in prison, he wrote De Profundis which was published in 1905, a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. Upon his release he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris at the age of forty-six. Content: The Plays: VERA, THE DUCHESS OF PADUA, LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN, A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, SALOMÉ, SALOME (English Version), AN IDEAL HUSBAND, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. The Poetry: more than 100 poems. The Novel: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, including THE REVISED 20 CHAPTER VERSION. The Short Stories: THE PORTRAIT OF MR. W. H., THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES, A HOUSE OF POMEGRANATES, LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME AND OTHER STORIES. The Non-Fiction: THE DECAY OF LYING, PEN, PENCIL AND POISON — A STUDY IN GREEN, THE CRITIC AS ARTIST, THE TRUTH OF MASKS, THE RISE OF HISTORICAL CRITICISM, THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE OF ART, HOUSE DECORATION, ART AND THE HANDICRAFTSMAN, LECTURE TO ART STUDENTS, LONDON MODELS, POEMS IN PROSE, THE SOUL OF MAN UNDER SOCIALISM, PHRASES AND PHILOSOPHIES FOR THE USE OF THE YOUNG, A FEW MAXIMS FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF THE OVER-EDUCATED, DE PROFUNDIS, OSCAR WILDE’S LETTER TO ROBERT BROWNING, PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA, THE DECORATIVE ARTS, THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, THE TRUTH OF MASKS. The Journalism: A HANDBOOK TO MARRIAGE, A RIDE THROUGH MOROCCO, ARISTOTLE AT AFTERNOON TEA, BALZAC IN ENGLISH, DINNERS AND DISHES, HAMLET AT THE LYCEUM, LONDON MODELS, MR MORRIS ON TAPESTRY, MR WHISTLER’S TEN O’CLOCK, MRS LANGTRY AS HESTER GRAZEBROOK, OLIVIA AT THE LYCEUM, THE AMERICAN INVASION, TWO BIOGRAPHIES OF KEATS, TWO LETTERS TO THE DAILY CHRONICLE, WOMAN’S DRESS. Apocrypha: TELENY.

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Apr 28, 2009
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100
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9780061924729
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Oscar Wilde
THE DECAY OF LYING

A DIALOGUE. Persons: Cyril and Vivian. Scene: the Library of a

country house in Nottinghamshire.

CYRIL (coming in through the open window from the terrace). My

dear Vivian, don't coop yourself up all day in the library. It is

a perfectly lovely afternoon. The air is exquisite. There is a

mist upon the woods, like the purple bloom upon a plum. Let us go

and lie on the grass and smoke cigarettes and enjoy Nature.

VIVIAN. Enjoy Nature! I am glad to say that I have entirely lost

that faculty. People tell us that Art makes us love Nature more

than we loved her before; that it reveals her secrets to us; and

that after a careful study of Corot and Constable we see things in

her that had escaped our observation. My own experience is that

the more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. What Art

really reveals to us is Nature's lack of design, her curious

crudities, her extraordinary monotony, her absolutely unfinished

condition. Nature has good intentions, of course, but, as

Aristotle once said, she cannot carry them out. When I look at a

landscape I cannot help seeing all its defects. It is fortunate

for us, however, that Nature is so imperfect, as otherwise we

should have no art at all. Art is our spirited protest, our

gallant attempt to teach Nature her proper place. As for the

infinite variety of Nature, that is a pure myth. It is not to be

found in Nature herself. It resides in the imagination, or fancy,

or cultivated blindness of the man who looks at her.

CYRIL. Well, you need not look at the landscape. You can lie on

the grass and smoke and talk.

VIVIAN. But Nature is so uncomfortable. Grass is hard and lumpy

and damp, and full of dreadful black insects. Why, even Morris's

poorest workman could make you a more comfortable seat than the

whole of Nature can. Nature pales before the furniture of 'the

street which from Oxford has borrowed its name,' as the poet you

love so much once vilely phrased it. I don't complain. If Nature

had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented

architecture, and I prefer houses to the open air. In a house we

all feel of the proper proportions. Everything is subordinated to

us, fashioned for our use and our pleasure. Egotism itself, which

is so necessary to a proper sense of human dignity, is entirely the

result of indoor life. Out of doors one becomes abstract and

impersonal. One's individuality absolutely leaves one. And then

Nature is so indifferent, so unappreciative. Whenever I am walking

in the park here, I always feel that I am no more to her than the

cattle that browse on the slope, or the burdock that blooms in the

ditch. Nothing is more evident than that Nature hates Mind.

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die

of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in

England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid

physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity. I

only hope we shall be able to keep this great historic bulwark of

our happiness for many years to come; but I am afraid that we are

beginning to be over-educated; at least everybody who is incapable

of learning has taken to teaching - that is really what our

enthusiasm for education has come to. In the meantime, you had

better go back to your wearisome uncomfortable Nature, and leave me

to correct my proofs.

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