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Coffee with Oscar Wilde (Coffee with...Series)

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Oscar Wilde’s own grandson, with the help of actor and author Simon Callow—who has performed Wilde’s work on stage—capture the essence of this wittiest of all playwrights. Set in Paris, where he fled after the scandalous trial that revealed his homosexuality, Wilde chats about language, his mother (an esteemed Irish folklorist), transforming his life into a work of art (“My great tragedy is that I put my genius into my life—and only my talent into my work”), his time in prison, his concept of morality, and why he...
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Overview

Oscar Wilde’s own grandson, with the help of actor and author Simon Callow—who has performed Wilde’s work on stage—capture the essence of this wittiest of all playwrights. Set in Paris, where he fled after the scandalous trial that revealed his homosexuality, Wilde chats about language, his mother (an esteemed Irish folklorist), transforming his life into a work of art (“My great tragedy is that I put my genius into my life—and only my talent into my work”), his time in prison, his concept of morality, and why he thinks “in life, style, not sincerity, is the essential.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844835126
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Coffee with...Series
  • Pages: 144

Table of Contents


Foreword   Simon Callow     6
Introduction     10
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900): His Life in Short     14
Now Let's Start Talking...
Introducing Mr Wilde     30
Student of Greek     37
Professor of Aesthetics     44
Discovering America     50
Almost Respectable     56
Shocking the Middle Classes     62
Feasting with Panthers     69
A Fatal Friendship     75
The Libel Trial     84
Decadence Discredited     96
The Artist in Prison     104
A Sort of Freedom     112
The Last Act     120
After Oscar     129
Refill? Further Reading and Appreciation     138
Index     140
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