For Love of the King: A Burmese Masque
Sprache - Englisch
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Oscar Wilde's 'For Love of the King: A Burmese Masque' is a notable work that stands apart in its exploration of aestheticism and romantic idolatry within the context of a mythical Burmese setting. With Wilde's characteristic wit and penchant for paradox, the dialogue-driven narrative unfolds in a series of tightly structured versified acts. The text is graced with ornamental prose and an intricate interplay of themes, such as love's sacrifice and the poignant pursuit of desire. As a product of its time, the masque echoes the literary flamboyance of the late Victorian period, while also reflecting Wilde's personal fascination with Eastern cultures and theatrical forms.
Wilde, a luminary of 19th-century literature, was renowned for his sharp intellect, flamboyant style, and incisive social commentary. 'For Love of the King' might be seen as an emanation of his deep engagement with performance and the aesthetics of beauty, showcasing his acumen not only as a playwright but also as a connoisseur of cultural motifs. The creation of this masque can be interpreted as an extension of his ongoing discourse on the artifice of societal norms and the transcendent power of art.
This edition by DigiCat Publishing is a commendable endeavor, ensuring that Wilde's less known but equally enriching masque reaches contemporary audiences. It is recommended not only for admirers of Wilde's oeuvre but also for those who appreciate literary works that seamlessly interweave dramatic form with philosophical depth. Engaging, thought-provoking, and resplendent with poetic language, 'For Love of the King: A Burmese Masque' is a testament to Wilde's enduring literary legacy and a delightful addition to the collection of anyone who cherishes the intersections of literature and performance art.
About the Author
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet, remains an enduring literary figure, known for his sharp wit, flamboyant style, and infamously dramatic life. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford, Wilde became a proponent of the aesthetic movement, advocating for art's intrinsic value apart from moral or social messages. He produced a wide range of work, including the novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and plays such as 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and 'An Ideal Husband'. His contributions extended to fairy tales and short stories, exemplified in his lesser-known work, 'For Love of the King: A Burmese Masque', a play displaying his interest in exploring love and sacrifice within the constraints of duty and honor. Wilde's literary style combined elements of Romanticism, Neo-Classicism, and Decadence, often reflecting his personal paradoxes and societal critiques. Despite his eventual imprisonment for 'gross indecency' due to the societal norms of his time, Wilde's legacy as a master of wit, eloquence, and a critic of Victorian prudery endures. His works continue to be celebrated for their literary brilliance and their author's complex humanity.
Genre: Sprache - Englisch
Size: 111 Pages
Filesize: 423.3 KB
Published: Sept. 16, 2022