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Shorter Prose Pieces   By: (1854-1900)

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Shorter Prose Pieces by Oscar Wilde is a captivating collection of essays, dialogues, and short stories that showcases the brilliant wit and sharp intellect of one of the most celebrated literary figures in history. Although these prose pieces may not be as well-known as Wilde's famous plays or novel, they are a treasure trove of his unique style and thought-provoking observations.

One of the standout features of this book is Wilde's remarkable ability to effortlessly blend humor, satire, and social criticism. His biting wit and clever wordplay are evident throughout the collection, making each piece a delightful and entertaining read. Whether he is dissecting the frivolity of society, mocking conventional wisdom, or engaging in witty repartee, Wilde's words leave a lasting impression.

Furthermore, Wilde's keen eye for detail is on full display in Shorter Prose Pieces. With a gift for observation, he takes the reader on a journey through various topics, ranging from art and literature to fashion and etiquette. His descriptions are vivid and evocative, painting a vivid picture in the reader's mind and immersing them in the world he is depicting.

What sets this collection apart is Wilde's ability to seamlessly navigate between different styles and genres. From fictional dialogues that feel like sharp, comedic exchanges to deeply reflective essays filled with philosophical musings, he showcases his versatility as a writer. This diversity keeps the reader engaged and ensures that each piece feels fresh and new.

While the book primarily consists of shorter pieces, each one offers profound insight into human nature and societal norms. Wilde's astute observations are still relevant today, making this collection just as thought-provoking now as it was when it was first published. His words resonate with timeless truths, prompting readers to self-reflect and question the world around them.

Shorter Prose Pieces by Oscar Wilde is a must-read for fans of Wilde's work and anyone who appreciates thought-provoking literature. With its exceptional wit, intellectual depth, and compelling prose, this collection showcases why Wilde remains an iconic figure in the literary world. It is a testament to his brilliance as a writer and a testament to the enduring power of his words.

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Phrases And Philosophies for the Use of The Young Mrs. Langtry as Hester Grazebrook Slaves of Fashion Woman's Dress More Radical Ideas upon Dress Reform Costume The American Invasion Sermons in Stones at Bloomsbury L'Envoi


The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.

If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty.

Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither.

A really well made buttonhole is the only link between Art and Nature.

Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

Nothing that actually occurs is of the smallest importance.

Dulness is the coming of age of seriousness.

In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential.

If one tells the truth one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.

Pleasure is the only thing one should live for... Continue reading book >>

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