dimecres, 4 de gener de 2012

Talking about... The Picture of Dorian Gray de Oscar Wilde

El proper dijous dia 12 de gener a les 19h continuem el nostre 2n Cicle de tertúlies en anglès Talking about... Ens trobarem per practicar l'anglès i parlar sobre aquest llibre i el seu autor.

Oscar Wilde
(Oct. 16, 1854, Dublin, Ire.— Nov. 30, 1900, Paris, France)

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish writer and poet. He became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890's. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the USA and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art", and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde had become one of the most well-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890's, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry's world view. Espousing a new hedonism, Lord Henry suggests the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfillment of the senses. Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses a desire to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than himself. Dorian's wish is fulfilled, plunging him into debauched acts.

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