The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

The Portrait of Mr W H This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age it may contain imperfections such as marks notations marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is c

  • Title: The Portrait of Mr. W. H.
  • Author: Oscar Wilde
  • ISBN: 9781419178252
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modernThis scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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    1. Oscar Wilde

      Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of gross indecency with other men After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.

    395 thoughts on “The Portrait of Mr. W. H.”


    1. From the mysterious dedication of Shakespeare's sonnets, Oscar Wilde imagine a forger of history.Anecdotal but original enough to be read without trouble.


    2. The fact that William Shakespeare’s Sonnets are dedicated to one Mr W.H. has been the source of much speculation. Eighteenth century critic Thomas Tyrwhitt suggests that the sonnets are written for a person known as William Hughes. He bases this theory on his interpretation of the Sonnets, lines like “A man in hue, all Hues in his controlling” (the 20th sonnet) where the word ‘Hue’ is capitalised and italicised and the multiple puns on the name ‘Will’ found in the sonnets.The Portr [...]


    3. Wilde was so enamored of his theory about Shakespeare's love of a boy actor (which was, in theory, Shakespeare's inspiration for the sonnets) that he wrote this story to frame it. After it was published it raised a furor, so naturally Wilde had to expand it. The enlarged version adds corroboration for the theory and is more philosophical, but it doesn't improve the original story. It's like a chocolate covered carrot. Unless you're a carrot-loving Shakespeare scholar, you'll say "more chocolate, [...]


    4. An enjoyable story in which Wilde brings to fiction the theory that Shakespeare's sonnets were addressed to a Willie Hughes, a young male actor in Shakespeare's company. The theory was actually first presented by Thomas Tyrwhitt in the an English scholar living in the 18th century. In his theory, however, William Hughes may have been a musician for the Earl of Essex as there is no evidence of a William Hughes in list of actors found in the First Folio of the plays.Though we may never know the id [...]


    5. As with much of Wilde's fiction, this is less a story than an exploration of an idea. Here, the exploration has to do with obsession; the fallacy in much literary theory when someone wants to prove the point of their obsession; and how that obsession can disappear as quickly as it came once the idea has been shared with someone else. Perhaps others might find the ending sad or even tragic; I thought it was funny in its absurdity, which I venture to say is what Wilde was probably going for.The lo [...]


    6. Great little academic mystery peppered with Wildean wit. Recommended for anyone suffering a passionate love/hate relationship with literary criticism. Also, you will experience these lines in context:"Martyrdom was to me merely a tragic form of scepticism, an attempt to realise by fire what one had failed to do by faith. No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.""Or was there no permanence in pers [...]


    7. One thing I hate and love about Oscar Wilde is that he makes the start and the end beautiful but what I hate about him is that he makes story uselessly long with arguments and debates. This was also great from start boring in between but brilliant in the end. The story was written well, the concept was around the mystery of Mr. W.H of Shakespeare sonnets. The story line went fine not that great but fine. The best thing about the story was that it showed how obsession is a young man's game and ho [...]


    8. "Портретът на мистър У.Х" е повест, която лесно грабна интереса ми поради простичкия факт, ме обожавам Шекспир. Вярно, не сонетите, на които е посветена книгата, а трагедиите, но все пак обожавам Шекспир.Приятно ми беше да се запозная с размисли върху сонетите и разгадаването [...]


    9. It is not surprising that The Portrait of Mr. W. H written shortly before The Picture of Dorian Gray, caused a scandal when first published. Although only 88 pages long, in this "part work of fiction, part literary criticism", Wilde argues in an incredibly witty, elegant and above all - convincing way (none of this is a surprise, of course) that Shakespeare's Sonnets are in fact dedicated to an unknown Elizabethan boy-actor called Willie Hughes. According to the theory, Hughes was in fact Shakes [...]


    10. The Portrait of Mr. W.H. by Oscar Wilde is a great compact little book. It’s not really a book, but more like a novelette. Longer than a short story, shorter than a novella. There are two pieces contained within. FIRST - The Portrait of Mr. WH. It advances the idea that Shakespeare’s Sonnets are dedicated to Willie Hughes (Mr. WH). The intrigue centers on a purported portrait of an effeminate male actor depicted in female roles. Not unusual in Shakespeare’s days, since only males were allo [...]


    11. A wonderful tale about falling in and out of love with a literary interpretation. Is it worth dying for?Erskine is telling the tale of his friend Cyril Graham who tried to uncover the identity of Mr. W. H the enigmatic dedicatee of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Based on an assumption that the sonnets were addressed to one Willie Hughes, a boy actor who specialized in playing women in Shakespeare's company, this theory depends on the assumption that the dedicatee is also the Fair Youth who is the subjec [...]


    12. This is a strange little short story, and the only reason it's clearly by Oscar Wilde is from the great witty dialogue. From the mysterious inscription "To Mr. W.H." in Shakespeare's sonnets, Wilde imagines a story of a young man who thinks he's unlocked the clue to W.H.'s real identity, and becomes obsessed with proving it. He dies for his theory, and another young man takes it up, and so does another. The theory itself is interesting, and Wilde presents it almost as a research treatise. We are [...]


    13. Has anyone else the feeling that Wilde dealt with his own theories in this work and simply pictured them as the idea of a fictional character so that no one could criticise him directly or is it just me?


    14. I swear the end gets me everytime. I know it's not that well thought of compared to his other work but I simply love it. It is a story to read over and over again, get lost in the theory and finally realise that it is nothing but lovingly crafted nonsense.


    15. I have arranged my takeaway thoughts into a haiku:"Green obsession strikes,Like venom in the bloodstream,And can go two ways."



    16. Whilst his Shakespearean theory takes up the main content of this book, the final few pages regarding art is beautifully put and spot on. A short, thought-provoking work. Wilde at his best.


    17. Really boring, it was like reading an essay. There's a reason it took me 4 days to read this short story! Such a shame as I've enjoyed all of his other works of fiction.


    18. What a brilliant combination of short story and literary criticism (though, let's face it, the lit crit bit of it is bad if you take it seriously as lit crit, fantastic if you take it as an example of reading from the margins, but I suppose that was Wilde's point really), with some really lovely quotes, on pretending to be in love--So, at least, it seems to have been with Shakespeare. He begins by pretending to love, wears a lover's apparel and has a lover's words upon his lips. What does it mat [...]


    19. Non fatevi ingannare dal titolo, Il ritratto di Mr W.H ha poco a che vedere con l'opera più famosa di Oscar Wilde, Il ritratto di Dorian Gray. Se il dipinto dell'eternamene giovane Dorian mostrava la vera natura del suo soggetto, quello del misterioso W.H. è una bugia costruita ad arte per supportare una presunta verità.La verità è quella sulla misteriosa identità di W.H l'uomo a cui Shakespeare dedicò i suoi Sonetti, presumibilmente lo stesso Fair Youth che il poeta ammira con tanta pass [...]


    20. The charm of this little short story mainly resides in Wilde's ability in turning a piece of literary criticism in a compelling mystery with gothic hues.The mystery is known and is a real one: to whom were Shakespeare's sonnets dedicated? Who is Mr W.H.? The protagonists of Wilde's story sponsor the theory proposed in real life by eighteenth century critic Thomas Tyrwhitt, who suggested the sonnets were written for a one William Hughes, an actor in Shakespeare's company, according to our heroes. [...]


    21. Apsolutno odlična stvar! Uhvatih se kako prekopavam internet uzduž i poprijeko tragajući za podatcima o W.H.-u te okretanjem stranice po stranicu kojima mi je Wilde obznanjivao nove spoznaje sve više tonem u potragu dok mi želja za istraživanjem i čitanjem Shakespearea raste neminovnom brzinom. Ukoliko zaglibim u knjižnici sumanuto iščitavajući Williamove sonete i prtljajući po povijesti Elizabetanskoga razdoblja, kunem se da ne zamjeram nikome i ničemu. Štoviše, jedva čekam!Fant [...]


    22. This story has an interesting topic: the mysterious male subject (Mr. W. H.) of Shakespeare's love sonnets. This is made even mroe interesting if the sonnets in question are read for good measure to give more of a context to the whole things. However, there are plenty of the typical Wildeisms to go around as well as many allusions to the Bard. I have seen a few reviews on here that have classified Wilde's short stories as more of an explanation of an idea rather than a plot-based story. This is [...]


    23. Apologies in advance to Oscar - you're still my bae.I read half of this without being aware of the conspiracy surrounding the identity of the "W.H." to whom Shakespeare dedicated his Sonnets. When I thought that all of this was the work of Oscar Wilde, I thought it was about the most brilliant work I'd ever read.After becoming aware that the conspiracy of Willie Hughes is old and has been built upon for generations by a plethora of academic "experts," I was disillusioned. It seems Wilde has real [...]


    24. This might be obvious, but I’d definitely recommend only reading this book after perusing Shakespeare’s sonnets to at least some extent – both the poems themselves and the theories surrounding them. will do, I dare say! While relevant quotes and some context are given, they are assumed knowledge and brushed over as quickly as might be expected for a book of roughly 50 pages.The story proposes what I believe to be a rather compelling theory of the true nature of the Fair Youth to whom Shak [...]


    25. Je n'ai pas été déçue par ce texte-ci: j'avais peur de lire une étude assez terne, austère et très "professionnelle" en quelque sorte, mais ça tient davantage du récit, et ça m'a beaucoup plu. D'ailleurs, j'aime beaucoup la façon dont il l'a écrit: je l'imaginais tout à fait raconter cela de cette manière dans un salon, au milieu d'aristocrates et d'autres mondains. Je me suis laissée emporter par son récit et j'en venais moi-même à croire à cette théorie qui, malgré le manq [...]


    26. A clear forerunner to The Picture of Dorian Gray, this goes with the theory that the "onlie begetter" of the Sonnets was a beautiful, gifted boy actor called Willie Hughes. This being Wilde, there's ho yay aplenty, whether between the Bard and his purported muse, Erskine and Cyril Hughes or Erskine and the narrator. Indeed, the theory seems to act as a catalyst, forcing the men to acknowledge their inclinations.While not in the same league as The Canterville Ghost (hands down my favourite Wildea [...]


    27. This book was 50% Wilde and 50% Shakespeare. Except, with the Wilde, there was no screaming wit or cynicism that I loved, so it felt like I was having the low-fat Wilde. As I said in one of my status updates, this was just a huge crack theory about Shakespeare. I have no problem with it, but this book just didn't work for me. I had expectations coming into it with past experience of Wilde, and this was none of it. Really, it read like an essay most of the story, with characters tacked on at the [...]


    28. A mini-book containing a short story and a poem by Oscar Wilde.The Portrait of Mr W.H.A story of three men's obsession with the identity of the man to whom Shakespeare's sonnets were dedicated.The Ballad of Reading GaolThe famous poem about a guardsman under sentence of death, written while Wilde was himself in prison.I know not whether Laws be right,Or whether Laws be wrong;All we know who lie in gaolIs that the walls are strong;And that each day is like a yearA year whose days are long.


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