The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde

The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde

by Ralph Keyes
The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde

The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde

by Ralph Keyes



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More than a century since his death, Oscar Wilde still intrigues us. This poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist was his era’s leading aphorist. George Bernard Shaw called him “incomparably the greatest talker of his time—perhaps of all time.”

In The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde, Ralph Keyes has captured the verbal flair that delighted Wilde’s contemporaries. This definitive compilation includes material not only from Wilde’s better-known works but from his more obscure reviews, letters, and appearances in friends’ memoirs. It incorporates anecdotes that illustrate Wilde’s knack for repartee. When a journalist said he never discussed subjects on which he didn’t know the facts, Wilde observed, “That must limit your conversation frightfully.”

At the heart of The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde are Wilde’s best sayings. Some are witty: “Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.” Others are caustic: “Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.” Still more show genuine wisdom: “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”

Oscar Wilde is as popular with readers today as he was in his own time. The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde shows why. His words in this book remain fresh, alive, and electric. They stride off the page to demand that we pay attention, not just because Oscar was clever but because he was wise. “For all their verbal hijinks,” Ralph Keyes writes in his introduction, “many of Wilde’s observations displayed real perception. Amid the glitter of his wit lay nuggets of insight.” By winnowing Oscar Wilde’s best work into one volume, Keyes has given us a primer of one of history’s greatest personalities and most original thinkers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014318297
Publisher: David Scott Publishers
Publication date: 03/11/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 242 KB

About the Author

Ralph Keyes's sixteen books include The Wit & Wisdom of Harry Truman, The Quote Verifier, and Euphemania. His bestseller Is There Life After High School? was made into a Broadway musical. For further information see
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