This book was undeservedly overshadowed by the dramas and by "Dorian Gray." By comparison, it, of course is slight; but so, by a similar comparison, is it similar to the sketches of Rembrandt. "Poems in Prose" is, nevertheless, a thing of beauty, full of sunlight and color, Watteauesque in its brilliancy.
The Doer of God
The House of Judgment
The Teacher of Wisdom
The Priest and the Acolyte
Rose-leaf and Apple-leaf
Some Cruelties of Prison Life
Lecture on the English Renaissance
Wilde v. Whistler
The Rise of Historical Criticism
The Truth of Masks
"Why do you live like this?"
"Threw his arms 'round the beautiful figure"
"In Chartres Cathedral"
"Those who still bent the knee to Atheda"
"Arthur begging for his life"
"Perdita and Florizel"
About the Author
The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet who delighted Victorian England with his legendary wit. He found critical and popular success with his scintillating plays, chiefly The Importance of Being Earnest, while his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, scandalized readers. Imprisoned for two years for homosexual behavior, Wilde moved to France after his release, where he died destitute.
Date of Birth:October 16, 1854
Date of Death:November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:Paris, France
Education:The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874