Oscar Wilde publishes Intentions in 1891.

Oscar Wilde publishes Intentions in 1891 through the publishing house of Simon and Schuster. Intentions consists of an anthology of Wilde’s previous essays including titles such as "Pen, Pencil, and Poison,” "The Critic as Artist,” and "The Truth of Masks” in which he discusses and insists upon the amoral nature of art regardless of whether the ending is viewed as having a moral resolution. Heavily influenced by French poets Theophile Gautier and Charles Baudelaire, Intentions discusses art, literature, criticism, and societal displays of morality or lack thereof. Considered to be “An Early Modernist Manifesto,” Intentions served as the primordial British publication promoting “art for art’s sake.”





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