NABOKV-L post 0008670, Sun, 28 Sep 2003 11:18:09 -0700

Fw: Wilde/VN
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From: "Mark Bennett" <>
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> I've been reading a great deal of Wilde recently, and I came across the
> following passage in "The Critic As Artist"
> "Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being
> large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot
> conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions
> other than those he has selected."
> I can scarcely imagine a pithier defense, if one is needed, for VN's
> celebrated critical intolerance. Didn't Borges say that "the amazing
> about Wilde is that he's always right", or something to that effect? I
> it takes one to know one . . .