Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Artistic Dandy

Oscar Wilde
The Artistic Dandy

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by Sasha Soren
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Oscar Wilde was a playwright, poet, the author of several short stories and one novel.

His mother, Lady Jane Wilde, wrote poetry under the moniker ‘Speranza,’ (Italian for ‘hope’), home-schooled Oscar until he was nine years old, and held weekly salons; her guests included poets, painters, novelists and revolutionaries.

Oscar, though a brilliantly gifted writer, was even more famous for his scathing wit, clever quips and outlandish style, becoming one of the greatest ‘celebrities’ of the late Victorian era.



Several of his plays are still hugely popular, including The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, and Lady Windermere’s Fan, all of which of which have seen big-screen adaptations.

Wilde spent his last years in the Hôtel d'Alsace, in Paris, France. A month before his death, he’s quoted as having said, ‘My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has got to go,’ leading to the legend that the dying aesthete’s last words were, ‘Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.’

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10 comments:

  1. Ooooh, that *A Good Woman* was wonderful! I want to have soirees and salons, too.

    Wonder if Wilde actually made the wallpaper quip (LOVE the dry wit)?

    Well, if nothing else - this just serves to illustrate the accuracy of the old adage which goes "old wallpaper never dies, it slowly FADES away". [sorry. still waiting for the caffeine to kick in. hehe]

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  2. Love Wilde...ever since starring as Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest in high school. He was a truly talented individual.

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  3. I think he was pretty interesting, I am not sure I would have wanted to be on the receiving end of his wit,though.

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  4. Stupid Wallpaper, I hope it's happy with itself. :( *grumbles some more the stupid wallpaper*

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  5. I find that no movies based on Oscar Wilde's work is any good.
    If you compared them to the original, it's even worst!

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  6. Get rid of the wallpaper. It's an easy fix.

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  7. Brava to Ms Soren for the dandy series -- I'm playing catch up but I'm so enjoying her posts!!

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  8. I love Oscar Wilde's poetry and writings. Did you know there's a murder mystery series that has Wilde as the main character?
    http://www.amazon.com/Oscar-Wilde-Death-Gyles-Brandreth/dp/0719569508/ref=pd_sim_b_4

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  9. Oscar was the greatest dandy of them all!
    His quotes are wonderful and eternal!

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