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Wilde's IntentionsThe Artist in his Criticism$
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Lawrence Danson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186281

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186281.001.0001

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‘Pen, Pencil, and Poison’

‘Pen, Pencil, and Poison’

(p.86) 4 ‘Pen, Pencil, and Poison’
Wilde's Intentions

Lawrence Danson

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses Oscar Wilde's Pen, Pencil, and Poison, a biographical essay about an art critic who was also a murderer. It suggests that this work is elusive in its deadpan satire of aestheticism, and that it highlighted the congruity between crime and culture, the efficacy of sin in the creation of personality, and the relation between the hidden life and the public reckoning. The chapter also discusses Frank Harris's comments on this essay.

Keywords:   Pen, Pencil, Poison, Oscar Wilde, biographical essay, art critic, aestheticism, crime, culture, Frank Harris

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