The Critic as Artist
The Critic As Artist is one of Oscar Wilde's most well-known dialogues and, along with "The Decay of Lying," his best expression of his aesthetics.
This major work is particularly interesting in the context of late 20th century poetics. Like several of the younger American and British innovative poets and theorists, Wilde argues, through his character Gilbert, for the equal importance of the critical faculty with artistic creation, that, in short, the artist must be both critic and creator if (s)he is to produce great art and that the art of the critic should be as fine a creative work as that of any poet or novelist.
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Review: The Critic as ArtistUser Review - Harperac - Goodreads
This book is witty, profound, and utterly convincing. It takes as its focus the assertion that the critic is just as much of an artist as an artist, even more so actually, but it ranges very widely ... Read full review
Review: The Critic as ArtistUser Review - Sarah - Goodreads
"Shakespeare might have met Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the white streets of London, or seen the serving-men of rival houses bite their thumbs at each other in the opean square; but Hamlet came ... Read full review