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Oscariana: The wit and maxims of Oscar Wilde
by Oscar Wilde
Published to follow the release of the new movie of Wilde's life, starring Stephen Fry, this collection displays Wilde's fabulous verbal dexterity. Based on two books published during his lifetime - The Maxims of Oscar Wilde and Oscariana - this will be a beautifully designed pastiche of a 19th century "Wit and Wisdom" including illustrations from the Yellow Book.
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 9th 1997 by Orion
(first published 1997)
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This little collection shows that Oscar Wilde was far more serious than people like to remember him. It presents many gems condensed into a line or two out of his books and plays. Yet those gems still need context to fully be appreciated, and so it is really an introduction to the greater works of a man who placed himself both in the centre of things and at the cutting, in the most intellectual way possible, edge.
The quotes in this book are arranged by source, such as "The Importance of Being Ernest" or a particular essay. While Wilde's quotes are readily available on internet lists and elsewhere, this slim volume has some quotes that I hadn't run across before. There's no padding whatsoever -- no introductory essay or response to the quotes, simply the quotes themselves.
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...moreMore about Oscar Wilde...