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Unformatted text preview: l the following year, adding a Preface and six new chapters. The Preface answers critics who charged the novel with being immoral and also sets forth the tenets of Wilde’s philosophy of art. Wilde believed that art possesses an intrinsic value that is beautiful and worthy, and thus needs to serve no other purpose. In The Preface, Wilde also cautioned readers against finding meanings “beneath the surface” of art. Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde’s Part gothic novel, part comedy of manners, part treatise on the relationship between art and morality, The Picture of Dorian Gray co...
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