One thing I hate and love about Oscar Wilde is that he makes the start and the end beautiful but what I hate about him is that he makes story uselessly long with arguments and debates This was also great from start boring in between but brilliant in the end The story was written well, the concept was around the mystery of Mr W.H of Shakespeare sonnets The story line went fine not that great but fine The best thing about the story was that it showed how obsession is a young man s game and how it can kill There is nothing with dying for but trustnothing is true at all not even you. From the mysterious dedication of Shakespeare s sonnets, Oscar Wilde imagine a forger of history.Anecdotal but original enough to be read without trouble. The most brilliant story of all is that story of Wilde s, Mr Best said, lifting his brilliant notebook ThatPortrait of Mr W H where he proves that the sonnets were written by a Willie Hughes, a man all hues For Willie Hughes, is it not the quaker librarian asked.Or Hughie Wills Mr William Himself W H who am I I mean, for Willie Hughes, Mr Best said, amending his gloss easily Of course it s all a paradox, don t you know, Hughes and hews and hues the colour, but it s so typical the way he works it out It s the very essence of Wilde, don t you know The light touch.His glance touched their faces lightly as he smiled, a blond ephebe Tame essence of Wilde Ulysses, Scylla and Charybdis 1922, 190 Once you have read Shakespeare s Sonnets, I would highly recommend reading this great story by Mr W ilde shortly after The story is very entertaining, and although I didn t enjoy Olde Will s Sonnets all that much, I m beginning to think I could read, with pleasure, this Mr W., on almost anything.By the by, as the title suggests, a certain Portrait plays a key role in this story, and I think there are some definite allusions comparisons which could be made with the role of the famous Portrait in Wilde s other story, The Picture of Dorian Gray Something to keep in mind if revisiting the latter.N.B.This story seems to be included in collections such as the Oxford World s Classics and Everyman s Library collections in the abridged form of 3 chapters, which was the version released during Wilde s lifetime To be sure, the full version contains 5 chapters of 60 pp., and was only published in this form after Wilde s death As well as this Hesperus Press edition, the full version can be readily obtained in Penguin s Selection of Wilde s Critical Writings.Read fromThe Works of Oscar Wilde My dear fellow, he said, let me advise you not to waste your time over the Sonnets I am quite serious After all, what do they tell us about Shakespeare Simply that he was the slave of beauty Well, that is the condition of being an Artist I replied.Art, even the art of fullest scope and widest vision, can never really show us the external world All that it shows us is our own soul, the one world of which we have any real cognizance And the soul itself, the soul of each one of us, is to each one of us a mystery It hides in the dark and broods, and consciousness cannot tell us of its workings Consciousness, indeed, is quite inadequate to explain the contents of personality It is Art, and Art only, that reveals us to ourselves it seemed to me that I was deciphering the story of a life that had once been mine, unrolling the record of a romance that, without my knowing it, had coloured the very texture of my nature, had dyed it with strange and subtle dyes Art, as so often happens, had taken the place of personal experience. But he always set an absurdly high value on personal appearance, and once read a paper before our debating society to prove that it was better to be good looking than to be good He certainly was wonderfully handsome People who did not like him, Philistines and college tutors, and young men reading for the Church, used to say that he was merely pretty but there was a great deal in his face than mere prettiness I think he was the most splendid creature I ever saw, and nothing could exceed the grace of his movements, the charm of his manner He fascinated everybody who was worth fascinating, and a great many people who were not He was often wilful and petulant, and I used to think him dreadfully insincere It was due, I think, chiefly to his inordinate desire to please Poor Cyril I told him once that he was contented with very cheap triumphs, but he only laughed He was horribly spoiled All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled It is the secret of their attraction. Wilde was so enad of his theory about Shakespeare s love of a boy actor which was, in theory, Shakespeare s inspiration for the sonnets that he wrote this story to frame it After it was published it raised a furor, so naturally Wilde had to expand it The enlarged version adds corroboration for the theory and is philosophical, but it doesn t improve the original story It s like a chocolate covered carrot Unless you re a carrot loving Shakespeare scholar, you ll say chocolate, less carrot. An enjoyable story in which Wilde brings to fiction the theory that Shakespeare s sonnets were addressed to a Willie Hughes, a young male actor in Shakespeare s company The theory was actually first presented by Thomas Tyrwhitt in the an English scholar living in the 18th century In his theory, however, William Hughes may have been a musician for the Earl of Essex as there is no evidence of a William Hughes in list of actors found in the First Folio of the plays.Though we may never know the identity of Mr W.H., the young man the poet so passionately addresses in the Sonnets, Wilde s version is an enjoyable literary mystery story as well as an exploration of the Artistic Muse, and of obsession to an idea. The fact that William Shakespeare s Sonnets are dedicated to one Mr W.H has been the source of much speculation Eighteenth century critic Thomas Tyrwhitt suggests that the sonnets are written for a person known as William Hughes He bases this theory on his interpretation of the Sonnets, lines like A man in hue, all Hues in his controlling the 20th sonnet where the word Hue is capitalised and italicised and the multiple puns on the name Will found in the sonnets.The Portrait of Mr W.H is a short story by Oscar Wilde it only took me about twenty minutes so I don t think I ll say much about it but it was a story I wanted to review Yes, it was required reading for university but it was an interesting enough piece that getting my thoughts down seemed like a good idea I remember reading The Picture of Dorian Gray a long time ago and not getting on with it maybe I wasn t for me or maybe I just hadn t had the literary knowledge to get something out of it In any case, I m curious enough that maybe Dorian Gray will be a reread in the future.I want to compare The Portrait of Mr W.H with My Life as a Fake because they both seem to talk about a similar topic While My Life as a Fake covered a literary hoax, The Portrait of Mr W.H looks at a piece of literary criticism that has been around for a long time and is often talked about I don t agree with this theory and it is important to know that Oscar Wilde didn t either, although by the end he almost did What I really liked about this story is the fact that Wilde took a differing view of the Sonnets and tried to explore it This is an excellent example of literary criticism because it got me looking at the Sonnets in another way, even if I didn t agree with it.The fact that Oscar Wilde managed to write this literary criticism in a form of a story was equally impressive The whole story has this real gothic feel about it and the character of Willie Hughes showed vampiric characteristics in the way he destroyed lives, in particular Cyril s Yet another similarity to My Life as a Fake is the whole idea that literature or the author can be portrayed as a monster.I read this story as social criticism, looking at the homo eroticism of Shakespeare s Sonnets and question if a particular piece of text has any effect on the value of the art form I don t know many people complaining about the homoerotic nature of Shakespeare but I ve heard complaints about it when referring to Oscar Wilde Wilde was a big believer in celebrating art as being art and not letting the opinion of the artist affect it This means The Portrait of Mr W.H is a satirical look at the art, where you have to take a literal approach and explore the life of William Shakespeare as an artist and its connection to the Sonnets.Oscar Wilde tantalises the reader with his literary and social criticism, mix in the satirical nature of this story and the wit of the author and you have a compelling read One thing I ve been thinking about is the connection between this story and The Picture of Dorian Gray which I would like to leave you with They both share very similar titles but in Dorian Gray you have a portrait that ages and the reader see the truth, of Gray and all his sins While in The Portrait of Mr W.H the picture of Willie Hughes is a lie and I have to wonder the meaning behind this imagery when comparing the two.This review originally appeared on my blog As with much of Wilde s fiction, this is less a story than an exploration of an idea Here, the exploration has to do with obsession the fallacy in much literary theory when someone wants to prove the point of their obsession and how that obsession can disappear as quickly as it came once the idea has been shared with someone else Perhaps others might find the ending sad or even tragic I thought it was funny in its absurdity, which I venture to say is what Wilde was probably going for.The long poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol is also included in this very slim volume I d read it once before and found it just as affecting this time. Great little academic mystery peppered with Wildean wit Recommended for anyone suffering a passionate love hate relationship with literary criticism Also, you will experience these lines in context Martyrdom was to me merely a tragic form of scepticism, an attempt to realise by fire what one had failed to do by faith No man dies for what he knows to be true Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true Or was there no permanence in personality Did things come and go through the brain silently, swiftly, and without footprints, like shadows through a mirror Were we at the mercy of such impressions as art or life chose to give us It seemed to me to be so The great events of life often leave one unmoved they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion But the little things, the things of no moment, remain with us. I had no idea what it was about I really liked, it was a good time. In , The First Edition Of Shakespeare S Sonnets Was Published, Featuring The Mysterious Dedication To Mr WH Ever Since, The Identity Of Mr WH Has Been The Subject Of A Series Of Fascinating Theories But None Quite So Ingenious As That Of Oscar Wilde S The Portrait Of Mr WH Cambridge Scholar Cyril Graham Spent His Days Performing In Shakespeare S Plays, And, Being Somewhat Effeminate In Nature, He Was Cast In The Female Roles And Then He Made A Rather Startling Discovery The Mr WH To Whom Shakespeare Dedicated His Sonnets Could Be None Other Than Will Hughes, The Boy Actor Of Shakespeare S Plays But When No One Shares His Conviction, He Resolves To Find Another Way To Convince Them
Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being
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