Oscar Wilde: Art and Morality

Stuart MASON (1872 - 1927)

“Who can help laughing when an ordinary journalist seriously proposes to limit the subject-matter at the disposal of the artist?”

“We are dominated by journalism.... Journalism governs for ever and ever.”[/i]

One of the nastiest of the British tabloids was founded a year too late to join in the moral panic generated to accompany Oscar Wilde’s court appearances in 1895. Yet there was no shortage of hypocritical journalists posing as moral arbiters to the nation, then as now.

This compendium work - skilfully assembled by the editor, Stuart Mason - ends with transcript of Wilde’s first appearance in the Old Bailey, when he was cross-examined on the alleged immorality of his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. The disastrous outcome of these trials provides an ironic conclusion to the earlier knockabout exchanges between Oscar and his reviewers. In these he is at his flamboyant best, revelling in the publicity he pretends to disdain. His brave performances in the dock did nothing, however, to save him from hard labour, the treadmill and complete physical and moral breakdown which the law found it necessary to inflict on him.

In contrast to the hacks and lawyers, two refreshingly open-minded Americans write perceptively about the novel, as does Walter Pater, the grand old man of Aestheticism.

This solo Librivox project complements a new dramatised reading of The Picture of Dorian Gray, currently in preparation, featuring the present reader as Narrator. (Introduction by Martin Geeson)

Genre(s): General Fiction, *Non-fiction, Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Art and Morality Martin Geeson
Play 02 02 - A Study in Puppydom Martin Geeson
Play 03 03 - Mr Wilde's Bad Case Martin Geeson
Play 04 04 - Mr Oscar Wilde Again Martin Geeson
Play 05 05 - Mr Oscar Wilde's Defence Martin Geeson
Play 06 06 - Letter from "A London Editor" Martin Geeson
Play 07 07 - Mr Oscar Wilde's Defence Martin Geeson
Play 08 08 - "The Daily Chronicle" on "Dorian Gray" Martin Geeson
Play 09 09 - "The Scots Observer's" Review. Oscar Wilde's Replies Martin Geeson
Play 10 10 - Further Correspondence Martin Geeson
Play 11 11 - Profuse and Perfervid Martin Geeson
Play 12 12 - A Spiritualistic Review. By "NIZIDA" Martin Geeson
Play 13 13 - Punch on "Dorian Gray" Martin Geeson
Play 14 14 - A Revulsion from Realism. By Anne H. Wharton Martin Geeson
Play 15 15 - The Romance of the Impossible. By Julian Hawthorne Martin Geeson
Play 16 16 - Walter Pater on "Dorian Gray" Martin Geeson
Play 17 17 - The Morality of "Dorian Gray" Martin Geeson
Play 18 18 - Mr Robert Buchanan on Pagan Viciousness Martin Geeson