|Fingal O'Flahertie Wills|
16 October 1854
30 November 1900
I know that when plays last too long, spectators tire. My tragedy has lasted far too long; its climax is over; its end is mean; and I am quite conscious of the fact that when the end does come I shall return as an unwelcome visitant to a world that does not want me.
De Profundis and Essays
(Letters From Reading Gaol)
Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza
Thursday, January 29, 2009
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That's all.
Opening page of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde, witty, urbane and in the end, tragic. And relevant a century after his death. The victim of one of Britain's periodic moral episodes, he spent 2 years in Reading Jail (Gaol) for homosexuality. He died penniless 3 years later.
I have his complete works, I bought this in the mid-eighties and haven't returned to it since. My reference to Dorian Gray in an earlier entry brought him back to my mind. So I'm reading The Picture of Dorian Gray. I'll continue with The Importance of Being Ernest. I won't work my way through all of it at once, but I'll leave the volume at my bedside.