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Intentions by Oscar Wilde, Modern Library, Scarce, c1917


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by Oscar Wilde


Originally published in 1891 when Wilde was at the height of his form, these brilliant essays on art, literature, criticism, and society display the flamboyant poseur's famous wit and wide learning. A leading spokesman for the English Aesthetic movement, Wilde promoted "art for art's sake" against critics who argued that art must serve a moral purpose. On every page of this collection the gifted literary stylist admirably demonstrates not only that the characteristics of art are "distinction, charm, beauty, and imaginative power," but also that criticism itself can be raised to an art form possessing these very qualities.

Publisher: Boni & Liveright, Modern Library, New York
Copyright: No date printed

Condition: This book is in poor condition. Leatherette boards are heavily worn with some significant loss to corners. Gilt titles on spine with Modern Library medallion on the front cover featuring a person writing at a desk. Hinges tight. Binding square. Decorative endpapers are torn (see pictures). The text block is crisp and clean. Pages supple.

250 pages, 4.5" x 6.5"
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