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Oscar Wilde

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Editado: Ago 8, 2011, 10:53pm

Loved this New Yorker article by Alex Ross on Oscar Wilde and thought I'd share here:


Ago 21, 2011, 8:37pm

Thanks for the recommendation. Read the article and it was excellent. Great insight into Oscar Wilde by Ross.

Ago 21, 2011, 8:54pm

Glad you liked it. After reading the article I finally read the novel. Pretty amazing book, I think.

Editado: Sep 5, 2011, 7:08pm

From a review by Gore Vidal of a biography on Wilde. Kind of silly but this made me smile:

"The young Proust was impressive to Wilde because of his 'enthusiasm for English literature, especially for Ruskin (whom he translated) and George Eliot...' But when Proust invited him to dinner, Wilde arrived before Proust: 'I looked at the drawing room and a the end of it were your parents, my courage failed me.' Wilde departed, after the thoughtful observation to M. and Mme. Proust: 'How ugly your house is.' "

Sep 6, 2011, 11:59am

Thanks from me too for the reference to this article.
It got me listing some of the Wilde books in my library on this site.

Sep 6, 2011, 4:43pm

Good to hear that. Alex Ross is pretty great.

Sep 12, 2011, 12:43pm

The new Harvard edition of Dorian Gray that Ross references in that article is really terrific.

Sep 13, 2011, 1:47pm

>7 bgsfca:

So I hear, yes. I will have to check it out in the future.

Sep 18, 2011, 2:40pm

Can you give a reference? Would love to read this review by Vidal.

Sep 18, 2011, 3:04pm

It is from a review of Richard Ellman's biography of Oscar Wilde that Gore Vidal wrote in 1987 for The Times Literary Supplement. I found that quote in United States: Essays 1952-1992.The essay is called "Oscar Wilde: On the Skids Again".

Sep 18, 2011, 4:52pm

Thanks much