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The True Function and Value of Criticism : With Some Remarks on the Importance of Doing

By Wilde, Oscar

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Title: The True Function and Value of Criticism : With Some Remarks on the Importance of Doing  
Author: Wilde, Oscar
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature, Poetry
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Publisher: The Victorian Prose Archive


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Excerpts: He may be a skeptic like the gentle Sieur de Montaigne, or a saint like the bitter son of Monica, but, when he tells us his own secrets, he can always charm our ears to listening and our lips to silence. The mode of thought that Cardinal Newman represents?if that can be called a mode of thought which seeks to solve intellectual problems by a denial of the supremacy of the intellect?may not, cannot I think, survive. But the world will never weary of watching that troubled soul in its progress from darkness to darkness. The lonely church at Littlemore where ?the breath of the morning is damp, and worshippers are few,? will be always dear to it, and whenever men see the yellow snapdragon blossoming on the wall of Trinity they will think of that gracious undergraduate who saw in the flower?s sure recurrence a prophecy that he would abide for ever with the Benign Mother of his days?a prophecy that Faith, in her wisdom or her folly, suffered not to be fulfilled. Yes; autobiography is irresistible. Poor, silly, conceited Mr. Secretary Pepys has chattered his way into the circle of the Immortals, and, conscious that indiscretion is the better part of valor, bustles about amongst them in that ?shaggy purple gown with gold buttons and looped lace? which he is so fond of describing to us, perfectly at his ease, and prattling, to his own and our infinite pleasure, of the Indian blue petticoat that he bought for his wife, of the ?good hog?s harslet,? and the ?pleasant French fricassee of veal? that he loved to eat, of his game of bowls with Will Joyce, and his ?gadding after beauties,? and his reciting of Hamlet on a Sunday, and his playing of the viol on week days, and other wicked or trivial things.


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