By Witold Gombrowicz

Witold Gombrowicz es, junto con Joyce y Kafka, uno de los escritores vanguardistas más interesantes del siglo XX. Nacido en 1904 en Maloszyce (Polonia) en el seno de una familia noble, el estallido de l. a. Segunda Guerra Mundial le sorprendió en Buenos Aires, donde vivió los siguientes veinticuatro años de su vida en una extrema pobreza. «Especie de grotesco sueño de un clown, con páginas de impossible to resist comicidad, con una fuerza de pronto rabelesiana, el reinado al parecer del puro absurdo, ¿cómo adivinar que en el fondo [Ferdydurke] period algo así como una payasada metafísica en que delirantemente estaban en juego los más graves dilemas de l. a. existencia del hombre?» ERNESTO SABATO.

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There, he and Raffalovich, with whom he remained 舠partnered舡 for the rest of his life, designed and had constructed St. Peter舗s Church, a high Aesthetic shrine for Gray. The Picture of Dorian Gray also intersects with other nineteenth-century artistic movements, just as elements of Wilde舗s text reappear like ghosts in those of the twentieth century. Nearly all of Wilde舗s artistic oeuvre seemingly claims, for example, to deliver us from the diametrically opposed Naturalism of his contemporary ȁmile Zola, with its belief in inescapable genetic destiny and its exploration of deliberate ugliness.

Wilde introduces various sensual particulars: the heady smell of roses, lilacs, and thorn; the gentle summer wind; the taste of cigarettes; the vibrant color of a laburnum that can hardly endure its own outrageous beauty; the buzzing of bees; the distant noises of the city. Dorian舗s painted image next appears, with Basil Hallward, its maker, physically attempting to push back into his skull, and thereby further delay, the effects of the overpowering, dreamlike sensation the portrait raises within him.

He published his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, in 1898 while living in exile. During his lifetime, Wilde was most often the center of controversy. The Picture of Dorian Gray, which appeared as the lead story in Lippincott舗s Monthly Magazine on June 20, 1890, and was published in book form the next year, is considered to be Wilde舗s most personal work. 舡 Oscar Wilde died penniless of cerebral meningitis in Paris on November 30, 1900. He is buried in Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. The World of Oscar Wilde and The Picture of Dorian Gray 1854 Oscar Fingal O舗Flahertie Wills Wilde is born on Octo ber 16 in Dublin to William Wilde, a prominent oph thalmologist, and Jane Francesca Elgee, a renowned poet and journalist.

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