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Oscar Wilde: l’estetismo e l’edonismo di Dorian Gray

Il ritratto di Dorian Gray è uno dei libri più letti e famosi al mondo ed è, allo stesso tempo, il manifesto di un movimento culturale e letterario come l’estetismo. L’autore, Oscar Wilde, ne è il portavoce, impersonificato nel racconto in Dorian Gray, un giovane molto prestante dal punto di vista estetico, biondo, muscoloso, ricco, ma anche acerbo, superbo ed esuberante. La storia, ambientata nell’epoca vittoriana, racconta del giovane Dorian, che ha accettato di farsi ritrarre da un suo amico pittore, tale Basil Hallward. Il personaggio chiave del romanzo è, però, un amico di entrambi, che assiste al ritratto, ovvero Lord Henry Wotton. È proprio Lord Henry che insegna a Dorian Gray le dottrine dell’estetismo, ovvero la capacità di ricercare sempre nuovi piaceri, avere una personalità...

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A new J.K. Rowling fairy tale: The Ickabog

"As tall as two horses. Eyes glowing balls of fire. Long, razor-sharp claws.  The Ickabog is coming..." Harry Potter author is back with a compelling new story on friendship and the power of hope. It's called The Ickabog and it was released simultaneously worldwide on 10 November. Many say it is a story born during the lockdown, and some of the topics covered really seem to fit perfectly with the situation we are living right now. The truth is that The Ickabog dates back to the days of Harry Potter.  “(It) is a story about truth and the abuse of power. To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now" the author warns us. But be car...

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4 compelling stories about South Pole

We hear a lot about glaciers, poles and the problems afflicting these places. But how many people can actually say they really know what they are talking about when they mention them? There are still those who confuse North Pole and South Pole. These are lands that live mostly in our imagination, or at most, in some National Geographic documentary.  However, there are several books telling captivating stories, with real and fictional characters, which will make us think that we have really lived in the coldest lands of the planet.  Here are 4 books on Antarctica (the South Pole, to be clear), the one where penguins live.  South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby Despite the fact that she was a promising painter, Cooper Gosling finds herself watching her career s...

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