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Oscar Wilde in America: The Interviews
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
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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
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
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...