Emily Esfahani Smith, a graduate of Dartmouth College, is a journalist and writer in Washington, D.C. Her work on cultural, political, and international affairs has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, National Review, The American Spectator, and the New Criterion.
Wilde In An Hourby Emily Esfahani Smith
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After a meeting with Pope Pius IX, Oscar Wilde locked himself in his room emerging only after writing a sonnet inspired by and dedicated to the Pope. Hours later, he visited the protestant cemetery where the Romantic poet, John Keats, was buried. Kneeling at his grave, Wilde ostentatiously declared it to be "the holiest place in Rome." Did Oscar Wilde contradict himself? Did he contain multitudes? He did, to understate the matter —- and those complexities were best expressed in his great theatrical works like Lady Windermere's Fan, Salome, and, of course, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Wilde and the plays he wrote. Read Wilde in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!
The book features:
• Wilde in an Hour, the main essay of the book
• Wilde In a Minute, a snapshot chronology
• A complete listing of Wilde's work
• A list of Wilde's contemporaries in all fields
• Excerpts from Wilde's significant works
• An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader
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