Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oscar Wilde

Today, October 16th, would have been Oscar Wilde's birthday, born in 1854.

Posthumously brought back into the enfolding arms of Ireland after his famously unacceptable life, he is now hailed as a hero of wit. And it is true, his plays are still terribly sharp and continue to entertain audiences. His sharp one-liners are quoted often, the most frequent being "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" from Lady Windermere's Fan (1892).

Today the National Library of Ireland carries a delightful picture of Oscar with Jumbo, the "face" of the Clark's Spool Cotton Brand...if ever an elephant could be more camp!

The Collins Press have a lovely book out that would make anyone interested in literature a great present. More Lives than One by Gerard Hanberry tells the story of the Wilde family across seven generations so that a complete picture of the man who would become such a sparkling wit emerges. Revealing new insights and also newly disccovered information about Oscar's family and his time in prison it is told agains the background of Ireland's own tumultuous history.

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