I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation

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9780231104562: I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation

I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don't interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty, one of Oscar Wilde's characters says. Another remarks, I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. Before Wilde himself was brought down in one of the most sensational scandals of his time, he was sought after for his flamboyant personality, his scintillating conversation and his sophisticated wit.

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Lovingly compiled by Karl Beckson from Oscar Wilde's plays, novels, essays, short fiction, and letters, I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation contains more than 1,000 examples of Wilde's famously pithy wit. All the familiar barbs are here--"Work is the curse of the drinking classes of this country"--as well as arch indictments of his age's prevailing style and mores. But the book contains more poignant examples of Wilde's bon mots as well--for instance, these lines on his own imprisonment: "This too I know--and wise it were/If each could know the same--/That every prison that men build/Is built with bricks of shame,/And bound with bars lest Christ should see/How men their brothers maim." Each entry includes a source citation, making this an excellent entry point for those unfamiliar with Wilde's work--and a pleasing interlude with an old friend for longtime Wilde fans.

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I Can Resist Everything Except Temptations includes over 1,000 of Oscar Wilde's most pointed comments--from witty paradoxes to moving remarks on the human condition. Even the reader new to Wilde will find many of his sayings familiar.

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Descrizione libro Columbia University Press, United States, 1997. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don t interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty , one of Oscar Wilde s characters says. Another remarks, I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train . Before Wilde himself was brought down in one of the most sensational scandals of his time, he was sought after for his flamboyant personality, his scintillating conversation and his sophisticated wit. I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation captures the best of those witicisms at which Oscar Wilde excelled. Naturally aphoristic, his remarks are among some of the most familiar in the English language, encompassing a wide range of subjects and people; there is hardly a topic for which he didn t have a witty comment, from pleasure ( Pleasure is what we take from others, duty what we expect from others, and genius what we deny to others ) to dying ( I an dying, as I have lived, beyond my means ), from fiction ( Anyone can write a three-volumed novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature ) to sentimentality ( One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing ). This book also contains selections from personal letters - letters filled with poignant remarks on his life and on the human condition. Karl Beckson has selected more than 1,000 quotations on subjects from absinthe to Zola. With its comprehensive citation of source material, I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation is not only a boon to writers, but a lovingly crafted portrait of one of history s most quotable figures. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780231104562

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Descrizione libro Columbia University Press, United States, 1997. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don t interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty , one of Oscar Wilde s characters says. Another remarks, I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train . Before Wilde himself was brought down in one of the most sensational scandals of his time, he was sought after for his flamboyant personality, his scintillating conversation and his sophisticated wit. I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation captures the best of those witicisms at which Oscar Wilde excelled. Naturally aphoristic, his remarks are among some of the most familiar in the English language, encompassing a wide range of subjects and people; there is hardly a topic for which he didn t have a witty comment, from pleasure ( Pleasure is what we take from others, duty what we expect from others, and genius what we deny to others ) to dying ( I an dying, as I have lived, beyond my means ), from fiction ( Anyone can write a three-volumed novel.It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature ) to sentimentality ( One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing ). This book also contains selections from personal letters - letters filled with poignant remarks on his life and on the human condition. Karl Beckson has selected more than 1,000 quotations on subjects from absinthe to Zola. With its comprehensive citation of source material, I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation is not only a boon to writers, but a lovingly crafted portrait of one of history s most quotable figures. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780231104562

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