A Celebration of His Wit and Wisdom.
With an Introductory Essay, 'Playing Oscar', by Stephen Fry.
Oscar Wilde, now the subject of a major feature film starring Stephen Fry, declaimed to Andre Gide that "I have put my genius into my life; all I have put into my works is my talent". He was a virtuosic conversationalist and today we associate his witticisms, epigrams and sharp repartee with Wilde the man as much as Wilde the dramatist, for it is here in particular that he is seen lampooning the starching morality of Victorian society.
This new selection is drawn from Wilde's stories, novels, plays, lectures, reviews and letters and provides an invaluable introduction and reference to Wilde the artist and the man. The full extent of his wit is on display here together with the profound, reflective and often melancholy side to his character so eloquently expressed in 'De Profundis' and 'The Ballad Of Reading Gaol'.