Wilde at Heart: The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest

Thursday, June 26, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, June 26 – July 17

6 – 7:30 pm

This class has been cancelled.
Led by Thomas Zebrowski

The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s most controversial work and The Importance of Being Earnest his most popular. Through gothic melodrama and high comedy, Wilde presents the fascinating relationship between life and art. Simultaneously elusive and crystal clear on the place of morality in the aesthetic life, Wilde—paradoxical, brilliant, and still dangerous—dares us to interpret him. Please read “The Decay of Lying” for the first session.

Thomas Zebrowski holds a Ph.D. in religious ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School and has previously taught seminars at the Newberry on David Hume and C.S. Lewis.

Materials List

Requried Text(s):

  • Oscar Wilde: The Major Works (Oxford World’s Classics). Isobel Murray (editor). Oxford University Press, USA (June 15, 2008). ISBN-13: 978-0199540761

Readings for the First Session:

  • Read “The Decay of Lying,” pages 215-239, from the course text.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Four sessions, $176.