Teasing Our American Cousins: Oscar Wilde

Parson Weems' Fable

The crude commercialism of America, its materialising spirit, its indifference to the poetical side of things, its lack of imagination and of high unattainable ideals, are entirely due to that country having adopted for its national hero one who, according to his own confession, was incapable of telling a lie; and it is not too much to say that the story of George Washington and the cherry tree has done more harm, and in a shorter space of time, than any other moral tale in the whole of literature.

Oscar Wilde

The illustration (1939) is by Grant DeVolson Wood (1891-1942) and depicts Parson Weems and his famous story of George Washington and the Cherry Tree. Via Wikimedia
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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