Asked • 04/23/19

An explanation of the preface in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?

I am currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and I'm puzzled over the meaning of a few sentences on the opening page. "The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography." Can someone explain this in simple terms? Is Wilde trying to say that the highest form of criticism is one in which you're actually critiquing yourself? "The nineteenth century dislike of Romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass." I've not a clue about this, all I know is romanticism was a movement and Caliban is a character in a Shakespeare play. Any help would be appreciated.

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Christa A. answered • 05/27/19

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