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Oscar Wilde was born in 1854 in Dublin, the son of a physician and writer who, among other things, left a book about Jonathan Swift; his mother wrote poems and was an authority on Celtic folklore. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and later at Magdalen College, Oxford. As a student, already an enthusiastic follower of Walter Pater, he began to lead a life completely shaped by aesthetic premises. Typical of this attitude is Pater’s statement: »To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.« In 1884, after a lecture tour in the United States and Canada, where he caused a sensation as a dandy who had »nothing to declare but his genius«, Wilde married the daughter of a prominent Irish barrister. At the same time, the marriage marked the beginning of a peak creative period for him. During this time, in addition to his fairy-tale collections The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) and A House of Pomegranates (1892) and numerous poems and plays, he also wrote his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), whose hero’s life rises above all morality and ends in the morass of a sinful existence, anticipating the author’s own fate. Wilde’s most successful works, in his lifetime, were his plays. Among them, Salome (1891) occupies a special place because of the congenial illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley. Wilde’s homoerotic relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas caused him to be sued by the young man’s father, resulting in a two-year prison sentence. A social pariah, he tried with little success to begin a new career as a writer in France after he had served his sentence. On 30 November 1900, he died, completely impoverished, in Paris. The two collections of fairy tales do not go back to folktales that have come down to us anonymously, but belong to the genre of »literary fairy tales«, which, as the creation of a particular writer, represent a separate literary genre with a long tradition that goes back to antiquity. Reinhard Gieselmann, born in Münster in 1925, studied architecture in Danzig and Karlsruhe. From 1969 until 1992, he was professor at the Technische Universität Wien. Gieselmann is one of those who were not satisfied, already in the early post-war years dominated by the credo of rationality, functionalism and formal self-limitation, with explaining building simply as meeting functional needs. »Technology is not art ..., form expresses intellectual content«, he postulated in 1960, with his friend Oswald Mathias Ungers, in a programmatic »Manifesto for a new architecture«. Seeing architecture as a sensual experience, design as a »search of style« runs through all Gieselmann’s numerous theoretical statements, which mark him out as a sensitive thinker.

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    Coktail

    19. March 2010 um 19:42

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