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Oscar Wilde in America: The Interviews

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Better known in 1882 as a cultural icon than a serious writer, Oscar Wilde was brought to North America for a major lecture tour on Aestheticism and the decorative arts. With characteristic aplomb, he adopted the role as the ambassador of Aestheticism, and he tried out a number of phrases, ideas, and strategies that ultimately made him famous as a novelist and playwright. ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 6th 2010 by University of Illinois Press (first published 2009)
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Terry Dullum
Dec 20, 2014 Terry Dullum rated it really liked it
Oscar Wilde may have been the first to be famous for being famous. Terrific read.
Marlee
Jan 25, 2011 Marlee rated it really liked it
This book is exactly what the title suggests. There are 48 interviews that appeared in newspapers while Wilde was traveling and lecturing in the States. They can get repetitive, but we can't really expect even Oscar Wilde to have original thoughts in 48 separate interviews. The most amusing things to keep track of while reading the interviews are the disparity between the physical descriptions of Wilde and the number of times Wilde says that interviewers always misquote him. I wondered if the pa ...more
Cody VC
Nov 07, 2011 Cody VC rated it really liked it
the only reason this isn't five stars is that it's a rather slim volume for something that depends on some sources that are pretty inaccessible - it's easy reading, but a scholar's book no doubt. but, god, the interviews&c. that are in here - this doesn't shy away from the complexities of the man, how he could be so forthright in some areas while being so smallminded in others. (i'm thinking of his treatment of his black porter, for one.) the time period's no excuse, either, because he hobno ...more
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Fluffy yet thought provoking;just like Oscar...and we love him for it! His reach extends far, his observations still relevant. Oscar is always worthwhile.
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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 ...more
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