A Thought from Oscar Wilde – On Real Life and Literature

I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.

– Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde, I think we agree on something. If I wanted “real life,” what would I read a book for?


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7 responses to “A Thought from Oscar Wilde – On Real Life and Literature

  1. I recommend “The Brothers Karamazov”. 🙂


  2. Hmmmm….I do like some real true crime novels. But a good fiction story is excellent. Guess I like them both.


    • My guess is that even “true crime” stories are spiced up a little by the author… I don’t mean to say I never read non-fiction, because I do. Just that making an exciting story is more than listing off a set of facts (calling a spade a spade) 🙂


  3. Dillon

    I thoroughly agree. And the same goes for movies.


  4. Pingback: A Thought from JRR Tolkien – Outside the Prison Walls of Reality | Stories and Stuff

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