O.Wilde, Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. (...)
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.
They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. (...)

No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. (...)
All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.
When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself...

O. Wilde (1854-1900),
Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

Thursday, February 02, 2012

J. Joyce, Dubliners

Happy Birthday James !!!

James Joyce

1882 - 1941

Irish novelist & poet

‘’There was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke’
                                                                                              The Sisters

’It was Joe Dillon who introduced the Wild West to us’
                                                                                              An Encounter

‘’North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except
at the hour when the Christian Brothers’ School set the boys free’

‘’She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue’

’The cars came scudding in towards Dublin, running evenly like
pellets in the groove of the
Naas Road’
                                       After the Race

‘’The grey warm evening of August had descended upon the city
and a mild warm air, a memory of summer, circulated in the streets’
                                                                                                          Two Gallants

’Mrs Mooney was a butcher’s daughter’
                                                                       The Boarding House

’Eight years before he had seen his friend off at the North Wall
and wished him godspeed’
                                               A Little Cloud

’The bell rang furiously and, when Miss Parker went to the tube,
a furious voice called out in a piercing North of Ireland accent:
- Send Farrington here!’’

‘’The matron had given her leave to go out as soon as the women’s
tea was over and Maria looked forward to her evening out’

’Mr James Duffy lived in Chapelizod because he wished to live as far
as possible from the city of which he was a citizen and because he
found all the other suburbs of Dublin mean, modern and pretentious’
                                                                                                          A Painful Case

‘’Old Jack raked the cinders together with a piece of cardboard and
spread them judiciously over the whitening dome of coals’’
                                                                                  Ivy Day in the Committee Room

’Mr Holohan, assistant secretary of the Eire Abu Society, had been
walking up and down Dublin for nearly a month, with his hands and
pockets full of dirty pieces of paper, arranging about the series of
                                 A Mother

‘’Two gentlemen who were in the lavatory at the time tried to lift him up:
but he was quite helpless’

‘’Lily, the caretaker’s daughter, was literally run off her feet’
                                                                                                                       The Dead

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