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  • Published: 1 December 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241472453
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $10.99

The Decay Of Lying

And Other Essays




'Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life'

The Decay of Lying includes two of Wilde's most comprehensive - and witty - explorations of his aesthetic philosphy: 'The Decay of Lying' and 'The Critic as Artist'.

GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241472453
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $10.99

About the Author

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. He then lived in London and married Constance Lloyd in 1884. Wilde was a leader of the Aesthetic Movement. He became famous because of the immense success of his plays such as Lady Windemere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890 but was revised in 1891 after moralistic negative reviews.

After a public scandal involving Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, he was sentenced to two years' hard labour in Reading Gaol for 'gross indecency'. His poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol was published anonymously in 1898. Wilde never lived in England again and died at the age of forty-six in Paris on 30 November 1900. He is buried in Père Lachaise cemetery where admirers often leave the lipstick marks of kisses on his tomb.

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