Oscar Wilde

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Three Poems by Oscar Wilde

And over both with outstretched wings the Dove. Builds ladders to be nearer God. Shows like a little restless midge. The thick fog hangs along the quay. Lies like a rod of rippled jade. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish poet, playwright and novelist who is perhaps best known for...
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The Agony of Oscar Wilde

Sybille Bedford (1911–2006) was born Sybille von Schoenebeck in Charlottenburg, Germany, to an aristocratic German father and a partly Jewish, British-born mother. Raised variously in Germany, Italy, France, and England, she lived with her mother and Italian stepfather after her father’s death when she was seven, and was educated privately. Encouraged by Aldous Huxley, Bedford began writing fiction at the age of sixteen and went on to publish four novels, all influenced by her itinerant childhood among the European aristocracy: A Legacy (1956), A Favourite of the Gods (1963), A Compass Error (1968), and Jigsaw (1989, short-listed for the Booker Prize). She married Walter Bedford in 1935 and lived briefly in America during World War II, before returning to England. She was a prolific travel writer, the author of a two-volume biography of her friend Aldous Huxley, and a legal journalist, covering nearly one hundred trials. In 1981 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire.

The Glorious Life and Sad Death of Author Oscar Wilde

Zoom continues to make fascinating library talks from around the world easily available to literature fans here in the Tristate region. Upcoming on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. is a talk by British biographer Matthew Sturgis, who will be interviewed by Knopf editor Victoria Wilson about his new book, “Oscar Wilde.”

3rd Act Theatre Company Announces an Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

3rd Act Theatre Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company in Oklahoma City presents An Ideal Husband, written by Oscar Wilde, re-imagined, adapted, and directed by Kate Adams. An Ideal Husband is the Company’s third Mainstage production of Season 3: UNKNOWN. Performances are each Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. from January 28, 2022 through February 12, 2022, with a streamed performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday February 13, 2022. Tickets are on sale now at
Time Out Global

Banksy wants to buy the prison where Oscar Wilde was banged up

In unexpected cultural news, it has been reported that notorious Bristolian street artist Banksy has pledged £10 million towards buying a prison in Berkshire. Reading Prison – formerly Reading Gaol – is famous as the place where poet, playwright and all-round Victorian societal provocateur Oscar Wilde was imprisoned in 1895 after his prosecution for gross indecency following a scandalous affair with young aristocrat Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas.

Banksy Looks to Buy Prison Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned

Banksy has offered to buy Reading prison, where Oscar Wilde was once imprisoned, by selling a stencil that he used in a piece honoring the Victorian author, according to the Guardian. The artist plans to convert the prison into an arts center. Already famous for The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde was imprisoned in Reading Gaol for two years beginning in 1895 for “gross indecency” resulting from having relationships with men. It was during his hard-labor sentence that Wilde wrote De Profundis, a posthumously published letter to his lover which mapped out the ill-fated course...
Quinnipiac Chronicle

Quinnipiac commemorates Irish poet Oscar Wilde 121 years after death

The life and legacy of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde resonated with Quinnipiac University students, faculty, and administration as they gathered in the Arnold Bernhard Library’s Oscar Wilde exhibit Nov. 30, to celebrate the 121st anniversary of his death. To honor Wilde, participants read aloud his 49-stanza poem “The...

How Oscar Wilde and an Indie Rock Song Inspired My Path

One hundred and twenty one years after his death, Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde still resonates with readers, romantics and rebels all over the world. Still considered controversial by some—mostly when dissecting his personal life—his wit and outspokenness seem to have stood the test of time and, dare I say, more relevant than ever? (I loathe that term). If you haven’t read The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) or The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), it’s never too late to discover Wilde’s work. In fact, his influence on our culture has continued to find its way in modern entertainment. Rupert Everett’s directorial debut The Happy Prince (2018)—a brilliant biopic where he also portrays Wilde at the end of his life following his release from prison after being found grossly indecent—is a must-watch for anyone mildly curious about the man behind the pen.

Ready-to-Go Advent Sermon: “The Young King” by Oscar Wilde

Some of the best sermons are stories. Jesus certainly thought so. The story that follows was originally written by Oscar Wilde. Called “The Young King,” it’s about Jesus becoming flesh, dwelling among us, and upsetting our expectations about the Messiah. It’s been adapted to be read aloud as a sermon in a worship service. It pairs nicely with the Revised Common Lectionary scripture for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Luke 1:39–55 (see also Philippians 2:5–11). The hymns “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” and “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” work well alongside this story.

New spin on Oscar Wilde play filled with laughter and gorgeous style

Oscar Wilde’s most popular play has made its way to Ramapo College, its energetic absurdity shaking Adler Theater to its core. “The Importance of Being Earnest” was met with roars of laughter and applause on its opening night of Friday, Nov. 12. Directed by Maria Vail, Ramapo’s take on the...

70 Dazzling Oscar Wilde Quotes

The publication was included in Inc. publication’s checklist of the 5,000 fastest growing exclusive companies. Before it came to be a web-only publication in 2017, the publication mental_floss had a circulation of 160,000 and also released six concerns a year. The magazine had more than 100,000 subscribers in over 17 nations. The November/December 2016 concern was the last issue of the print edition of the publication. Instead of getting a reimbursement, subscribers were sent out copies of The Week. His amusing, irreverent style reminds me that life is best lived free from the obligation to be what the globe assumes you ought to be.
Marin Independent Journal

Campy Oscar Wilde play opens Novato Theater Company’s season

The mating rituals of the idle rich get fully examined in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Novato Theater Company through Nov. 21. The production is the company’s first full effort in the post-pandemic era. The author’s most well-known and arguably best theatrical work is among the most...

The Downfall of Oscar Wilde: An Animated Video Tells How Wilde Quickly Went from Celebrity Playwright to Prisoner

Oscar Wilde left a body of literature that continues to entertain generation after generation of readers, but for many of his fans his life leads to his work, not the other way around. Its latest retelling, Oscar Wilde: A Life by Matthew Sturgis, came out in the United States just this past week. “Universally heralded as a genius” when his play The Importance of Being Earnest premiered in London in 1895, he was just a few months later “bankrupt and about to be imprisoned. His reputation was in tatters and his life was ruined beyond repair.” This is how Alain de Botton tells it in “The Downfall of Oscar Wilde,” the animated School of Life video above.

Enniskillen mounts Oscar Wilde tribute with flight of gold-leaf swallows

In The Happy Prince, one of Oscar Wilde’s most popular stories, the statue of a Prince begs a swallow to give his gold leaf and jewels to the poor people of his town. Now Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, where Wilde spent his school days, is honouring one of its most famous literary inhabitants, with the installation of more than 100 gold-leaf sculpted swallows around the town.
Washington Post

How Oscar Wilde evolved from poet and playwright to symbol of martyrdom and individualism

Oscar Wilde’s birthday is Oct. 16 — he was born on that day in 1854 — and there’s a simple way to both celebrate it and give yourself a present: Pick up a copy of “Oscar Wilde: A Life,” by Matthew Sturgis, an authority on the 1890s whose previous works focused on the artists Walter Sickert and Aubrey Beardsley. Without supplanting Richard Ellmann’s beautifully written “Oscar Wilde” — which a young reviewer bearing my name enthusiastically reviewed in 1988 — Sturgis’s biography is now the fullest one-volume account of the iconic fin-de-siècle writer, aesthete, wit and gay martyr. It draws on the most up-to-date manuscript discoveries and scholarship, but deliberately sticks closely to Wilde’s life, unlike Ellmann’s magnum opus, which includes substantial commentary on the major works.