The Decay of Lying | Study Guide

Oscar Wilde

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The Decay of Lying | Key Figures

Key Figure Description
Vivian Vivian is the primary speaker. He presents ideas on art, including what he feels is its shortcoming in modern times and art's relationship with nature and with life itself. Read More
Cyril Cyril carries on the conversation with Vivian. He prompts Vivian for further explanation of his ideas and at times challenges Vivian's beliefs. Read More
Honoré de Balzac Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) was a French literary artist who helped establish the writing technique of the traditional novel. He is also credited as being the creator of realism in the novel.
William Black William Black (1848–91) was a Scottish novelist and journalist.
Sir Hall Caine Sir Hall Caine (1853–1931) was a British writer whose popular novels were known for their moral seriousness and strong characterization.
Francis Marion Crawford Francis Marion Crawford (1854–1909) was an American novelist known for the distinctness of his settings and characterizations in his works.
Charles Dickens Charles Dickens (1812–70) was an English novelist whose works cover a wide range of social, moral, and psychological issues in Victorian-era society.
Sir Henry Rider Haggard Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856–1925) was an English novelist whose works embody a reaction against domestic realism that has been referred to as a romance revival.
Henry James Henry James (1843–1916) was an American novelist and realist writer known for his international novels that explore clashes between a young, innocent America and the corruption and wisdom of Europe's older culture.
Guy de Maupassant Guy de Maupassant (1850–93) was a French naturalist writer. He is considered by many to be the greatest writer of French short stories.
George Meredith George Meredith (1828–1909) was an English novelist known for the psychological portraits of his characters as well as his novels' wit and dialogue.
Charles Reade Charles Reade (1814–84) was an English author whose works were known for their fervent attacks on the social injustices that occurred during this time.
Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94) was a Scottish poet, essayist, fiction author, and travel writer.
William Makepeace Thackeray William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–63) was an English novelist best known for his 1848 novel Vanity Fair.
Émile Zola Émile Zola (1840–1902) was a French critic, novelist, and political activist noted for his theories on naturalism.
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