Oscar Wilde: A Life in Quotes

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Oscar Wilde—to many the greatest wit in the English language—died in impoverished exile in Paris a century ago. He died unsure whether his genius—the one thing that really mattered to him—would survive his disgrace. Yet today, Oscar Wilde is more famous and admired than he was in his own lifetime. In many ways, he remains an astonishingly modern figure. Now, Barry Day gives us this affectionate portrait of Oscar Wilde told largely in Wilde's own scintillating words. He has drawn not only from the writer's ...
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Oscar Wilde—to many the greatest wit in the English language—died in impoverished exile in Paris a century ago. He died unsure whether his genius—the one thing that really mattered to him—would survive his disgrace. Yet today, Oscar Wilde is more famous and admired than he was in his own lifetime. In many ways, he remains an astonishingly modern figure. Now, Barry Day gives us this affectionate portrait of Oscar Wilde told largely in Wilde's own scintillating words. He has drawn not only from the writer's published work and reminiscences, but also from a thousand surviving letters. As Day writes: "In A Life in Quotes you will find the public Wilde polishing the verbal jewels that brought him fame, but you will also hear the private Wilde struggling with words to make sense of a less than perfect world. The man who emerges is no less impressive as a literary figure but entirely more likeable as a human being than one had expected."
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Oscar Wilde is considered a notable writer, but died in poverty in exile in Paris a hundred years ago. Oscar Wilde: A Life In Quotes is a compelling tribute to his life and works as it uses his own writings to examine his sentiments and struggles, adding the author's illustrations and notes to complete a lively, well-rounded presentation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842410035
  • Publisher: Blake, John Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 192

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Barry Day
Barry Day

Barry Day has co-authored and edited a number of books on and by Noël Coward, including Revue Sketches and Parodies, and a Theatre Companion to Coward.

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