Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | March 19, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—March 20, 2009: The Decay of Lying: An Observation

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦



Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish author best known for his plays, especially, The Importance of Being Earnest. 


This week’s text is his essay The Decay of Lying: an Observation (1889).  It is written as a dialog between two characters, Cyril and Vivian, about art and nature.  One of the four doctrines stated in the essay is that “lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.”


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