Taking the name Sebastian Melmoth, he hoped to remake his career as a writer; in the event, however, his sole work from this period was The Ballad of Reading Gaol, written in France and published in England anonymously in 1898. If, with the literate, I am Impelled to try an epigram, I never seek to take the credit; We all assume that Oscar said it. Summary I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation is a celebration of the virtuoso of well-turned phrases and the master of the studied insult - Oscar Wilde. By 1879 he was already known as a wit and a dandy; soon after, in fact, he was satirized in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience. For if Oscar Wilde was a wit without master, he. During his time in prison, he wrote a scathing rebuke to Lord Alfred, published in 1905 as De Profundis. They have not got the charm of novelty, one of Oscar Wilde's characters says.
His needle-sharp rejoinders were repeated with delight - not least by Wilde himself, who took an artist's pride in his work. Another remarks, I never travel without my diary. I wasn't all that familiar with his work but having read Dorian Gray and having visited Dublin I thought it was time to attempt it. There has been a revived interest in Wilde's work; among the best recent volumes are Richard Ellmann's, Oscar Wilde and Regenia Gagnier's Idylls of the Marketplace , two works that vary widely in their critical assumptions and approach to Wilde but that offer rich insights into his complex character. He subsequently won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by John Ruskin and Walter Pater, whose aestheticism was taken to its radical extreme in Wilde's work.
It is salutary to reflect, however, that in the years immediately following his death his chances of immortality seemed to have been crushed for all time. Having read this I am slightly more curious about reading some of his works in more detail or at least the ones that contain the quotes I liked the most. Like New, clean, tight, firm. I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don't interest me. More than a hundred years after his death, Wilde continues to gain new admirers in every corner of the world: no playwright except Shakespeare is as widely quoted, and few wits are as often or as happily recalled. Few writers have fallen so far, so swiftly. One of the only books of quotes I have managed to read from cover to cover in a fairly short space of time.
Largely on the strength of his public persona, Wilde undertook a lecture tour to the United States in 1882, where he saw his play Vera open---unsuccessfully---in New York. Indeed, so perfect were Wilde's verbal thrusts that his victims were often flattered to have been the cause of them. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, the daughter of an Irish lawyer, and within two years they had two sons. Indeed, so perfect were Wilde's verbal thrusts that his victims were often flattered to have been the cause of them. His needle-sharp rejoinders were repeated with delight - not least by Wilde himself, who took an artist's pride in his work. Unable to comprehend that his entire world had disintegrated, he refused, and in due course was himself arrested and charged with gross indecency. He was forty-six years old.
The author of this charmless piece of goading was an irascible nobleman, John Sholto Douglas, eighth Marquess of Queensberry. During this period he also wrote Salome, in French, but was unable to obtain a license for it in England. Flamboyant man-about-town, Oscar Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. During this period he wrote, among others, The Picture of Dorian Gray 1891 , his only novel, which scandalized many readers and was widely denounced as immoral. . Performed in Paris in 1896, the play was translated and published in England in 1894 by Lord Alfred Douglas and was illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. The instrument of the catastrophe that engulfed Oscar Wilde was innocuous enough in itself: a simple visiting card.
A retrial was ordered, and this time the Establishment conquered; adjudged guilty, on 25 May 1895 Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years at hard labour. This book shows us why, more than a hundred years after his death, people of every age and from all walks of life are still drawn to Wilde's dazzling repartee and the wicked brilliance of his social observations, while his plays and stories continue to entertain and enthral succeeding generations. I wasn't all that familiar with his work but having read Dorian Gray and having visited Dublin I thought it was time to attempt it. About the Book A celebration of the virtuoso of well-turned phrases and the master of the studied insult with this collection of his most acerbic quips. The result of his inability to prove slander was his own trial on charges of sodomy, of which he was found guilty and sentenced to two years of hard labor.
I Can Resist Everything Except Tempatation is a celebration of Oscar Wilde's finest witticisms, aphorisms, paradoxes and ironical remarks. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. This book shows us why, more than a hundred years after his death, people of every age and from all walks of life are still drawn to Wilde's dazzling repartee and the wicked brilliance of his social observations, while his plays and stories continue to entertain and enthral succeeding generations. In 1895, after being publicly insulted by the marquess, Wilde brought an unsuccessful slander suit against the peer. Gradually his plays began to be restaged, his stories and other works to be reprinted; gradually, too, people began to recall his manner and, above all, his dazzling wit. Before Wilde himself was brought down in one of the most sensational scandals of his time, he was sought after for his flamboyant personality, his scintillating conversation and his sophisticated wit. You may not copy, store, distribute, transmit, reproduce or otherwise make available this publication or any part of it in any form, or by any means electronic, digital, optical, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise , without the prior written permission of the publisher.
Yet for all that, his jibes were rarely cruel, for behind them lay great warmth of character, generosity of spirit, and a profound understanding of human life and its vanities. Despite the evidence against him, however, when his case came to court on 26 April he defended himself with such brilliance that the jury were unable to reach a verdict. Lord Alfred was the son of the Marquess of Queensbury, who objected to his son's spending so much time with Wilde because of Wilde's flamboyant behavior and homosexual relationships. In exile, though occasionally visited by such loyal friends as Robert Ross and Max Beerbohm, and even by Bosie, his last years saw a sad decline into loneliness, self-disgust and failing health. Designed and typeset by Ana Bjezancevic www. The delivery of the visiting card was a public insult, and one that Wilde could scarcely ignore.