The Preface is a defense of Aestheticism as well as an introduction to the 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'.
"The artist is the creator of beautiful things."
" We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
All art is quite useless."
The great debate in the Victorian period was; is the object of Art the creation of Beauty, or is it social reform?
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