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The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  220 Ratings  ·  11 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Here is Oscar Wilde revealed in his own words--including more than 200 previously unpublished letters--available to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of his death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
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Hardcover, 1408 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 1962)
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Merry
Sep 27, 2009 Merry rated it liked it
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
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Reginald
Jun 08, 2008 Reginald rated it it was amazing
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
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Rosa Ramôa
Jun 17, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Refaz a Minha Vida Arruinada

Meu querido rapaz,

Recebi o teu telegrama há meia hora, e quero apenas enviar-te uma linha para dizer que sinto que a minha única esperança de novamente fazer arte maravilhosa está em encontrar-te e permanecer contigo. Antes não era assim, mas agora é diferente, e tu consegues verdadeiramente recriar em mim a energia e a sensação alegre de poder, das quais a arte depende.

Todos estão furiosos comigo por regressar a ti, mas eles não nos compreendem. Sinto que apenas c
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Savvina Moutafidou
This honestly is a 1400 paged beast but fortunately it was a beautiful beast to read.You see Wilde in his finest years and in his worst.Truly a magnificent person and writer more specifically.I am so grateful to his grandson for editing this whole collection of letters!
Rozonda
Jan 07, 2015 Rozonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro curioso y sobre todo muy hermoso, con las cartas que Wilde escribió a su gran amor, Bosie. Las traducciones de Luis Antonio de Villena no me acaban de convencer pero aun así, es un apasionante viaje por un romance trágico y maldito: Es una lástima que no existan más cartas.
Paul
Nov 19, 2007 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best collection I've seen of Oscar Wilde letters. Perhaps some more in-depth biographical grounding regarding the recipients / writers of some of the letters might have been nice, but then again, since the book already runs 950 pages, space was at a premium.
Doug
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
Jun 02, 2010 Michael Farrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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