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The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Here is Oscar Wilde revealed in his own words--including more than 200 previously unpublished letters--available to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of his death

Deliciously wicked, astoundingly clever, and often outright shocking, Oscar Wilde put his art into his work and his genius into his life. In this collection, replete with newly discovered letters, the fu
Hardcover, 1408 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 1962)
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Sep 27, 2009 Merry rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wilde fans!
Recommended to Merry by: me
What a character, Oscar Wilde (1888-1895) I would describe him as a "social butterfly". He knew everyone and would attend parties/dinners/theater productions and more, every night/day of the week. He hated Sundays because there was nothing to do but go to church, everything was closed! They say he was the life of any party, captivating his audience with wit and interesting stories. He was a "writer, wit, and raconteur, as the pre-eminent personality of his day".

1888 to 1895 he completed Salome
Actually, I read this edition of Wilde's letters when it was reissued a couple of years back. Whenever I'm going through my Wilde phase (about once a month) I flip through this tome for comfort and laughs. Who knew that the art of letter writing could be so entertaining? Oscar did!
Wilum Pugmire
This is truly a magnificent collection of letters. It is wonderful how writers such as Wilde and H. P. Lovecraft reveal themselves in their epistles, and how these letters so add to our biographical information concerning these writers. With Wilde, the story of his life seems to captivate more people than his actual fiction, poetry, and essays. There are now so many studies of his life, his tragedy. I think Wilde is probably most famous today for his plays, in particular THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ...more
Laura Lee
Been interested in writers' thoughts on the process of writing and the writing life lately. (I also saw the film biography of Wilde with Stephen Fry not long ago and thought it was great, which put Wilde back in the front of my mind.)

This is a doorstop of a book, the kind of thing Wilde-philes should have on their shelves for reference--a little harder to relax with in a bubble bath. Started reading front to back, but I think I will have to skip around. It is far too well-researched and complet
Jun 27, 2012 Doug added it
i HIGHLY recommend using this in conjunction with the biography. very nice to see the actual communications as i'm reading another person's interpretation of his life.
Michael Farrell
it might take a year to read but worth it .. the scope of this book is beyond any novel i can think of, except the bible, which lacks depth
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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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