Winter 1970 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1970 |

Butterflies and Gilded Cages

The Artist As Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde edited by Richard Ellmann. Random House, $10.00. Oscar Wilde: A Collection of Critical Essays edited by Richard Ellmann. Prentice-Hall, $1.95. Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. I am inclined to say that it is the only real mode of individualism that the world has known. Crime, which under certain conditions, may seem to have created individualism, must take cognizance of other people and interfere with them. It belongs to the sphere of action. But alone, without any reference to his neighbours, without any interference, the artist can fashion a beautiful thing; and if he does not do it solely for his own pleasure, he is not an artist at all.—Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism The standard portrait of Oscar Wilde seems to tell all. The large head parted in the center hovering over a proportionally larger carnation in the breast pocket makes him resemble, not just a li

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