Reviews by Oscar Wilde
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A man can live for three days without bread, but no man can live for one day without poetry, was an aphorism of Baudelaire. You can live without pictures and music but you cannot live without eating, says the author of Dinners and Dishes; and this latter view is, no doubt, the more popular. Who, indeed, in these degenerate days would hesitate between an ode and an omelette, a sonnet and a salmis? Yet the position is not entirely Philistine; cookery is an art; are not its principles the subject of South Kensington lectures, and does not the Royal Academy give a banquet once a year? Besides, as the coming democracy will, no doubt, insist on feeding us all on penny dinners, it is well that the laws of cookery should be explained: for were the national meal burned, or badly seasoned, or served up with the wrong sauce a dreadful revolution might follow.
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About Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was one of the most celebrated writers and personalities of his time. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1854, he was known for writing plays, fiction novels, philosophical essays, and poetry. He is best remembered for his epigrammatic wit and flamboyant lifestyle which earned him both acclaim and criticism from the public.
Wilde was an advocate for the Aesthetic Movement in 1890s London which promotes art for art’s sake without any restrictions or moral considerations. His plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s Fan were full of satire that mocked social conventions of Victorian England. He also wrote a collection of fairy tales entitled The Happy Prince and Other Stories which featured cleverly written characters with moral lessons. Find out more about Oscar Wilde.