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Oscar Wilde Miscellaneous - Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde Miscellaneous


Preface by Robert Ross
A Florentine Tragedy--A Fragment
La Sainte Courtisane--A Fragment


'As to my personal attitude towards criticism, I confess in brief
the following:- "If my works are good and of any importance whatever
for the further development of art, they will maintain their place
in spite of all adverse criticism and in spite of all hateful
suspicions attached to my artistic intentions.  If my works are of
no account, the most gratifying success of the moment and the most
enthusiastic approval of as augurs cannot make them endure.  The
waste-paper press can devour them as it has devoured many others,
and I will not shed a tear . . . and the world will move on just the

The contents of this volume require some explanation of an
historical nature.  It is scarcely realised by the present
generation that Wilde's works on their first appearance, with the
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