English literature, 1880-1905

English literature, 1880-1905

by John McFarland Kennedy
     
 
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CHAPTER III OSCAR WILDE A Whole generation of theatre-goers have laughed over many of Gilbert's plays, but one of them, not very often performed now, was exceedingly popular

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CHAPTER III OSCAR WILDE A Whole generation of theatre-goers have laughed over many of Gilbert's plays, but one of them, not very often performed now, was exceedingly popular in its day, viz., " Patience." It was intended to satirise, and with many and obvious exaggerations did satirise, a movement which at the time was very widespread in certain literary and pseudo-literary circles. The complaints of the dragoons, the heartfelt sighing of the " rapturous maidens," the puzzled thoughts of Patience herself, the hypocrisy of Bunthorne and the powerful attractions of Archibald Grosvenor, may seem very remote from us when we read over the play at an interval of thirty years after its first production. And yet all the satire in the play, including at least one of Gilbert's best songs, was directed at a movement which had been initiated by a clever young man in his early twenties, and which continued until the close of the century. Oscar Fingal O'Flaherty Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in October 1854, and went up to Oxford in time to hear both Ruskin and Pater lecture. While at Oxford he discarded his string of middle names, and preferred to be known simply by the first. Neither Pater nor Ruskin, however, exercised what might strictly be called any real influence on Wilde's thoughts or character. Ruskin's words and Pater's writings directed his attention to certain aesthetic schools of painting ; and Pater no doubt led the young undergraduate to examine more than he might otherwise have done into the nature of beauty. Thenceforth Wilde took up the aesthetic movement on his own account and it was ever afterwards stamped by his personality. He had a fine set of rooms at Magdalen College, rooms which little by little became ornamented with valuable old engravings and artistic curi...

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