Coffee with Oscar Wilde

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Duncan Baird, Sep 1, 2007 - Fiction - 143 pages
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Oscar Wilde’s own grandson, with the help of actor and author Simon Callow—who has performed Wilde’s work on stage—capture the essence of this wittiest of all playwrights. Set in Paris, where he fled after the scandalous trial that revealed his homosexuality, Wilde chats about language, his mother (an esteemed Irish folklorist), transforming his life into a work of art (“My great tragedy is that I put my genius into my life—and only my talent into my work”), his time in prison, his concept of morality, and why he thinks “in life, style, not sincerity, is the essential.”

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Review: Coffee with Oscar Wilde

User Review  - Rick - Goodreads

Great read for any Wilde aficionado. Contains a brief biography and informative introduction written by a grandson. Encountering many of his epigrams in the context of conversation is the book's highlight. Read full review

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User Review  - Tamara - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. The name of the book explains how a nameless person sits down with the imaginary Oscar Wilde. The person asks Oscar questions about his personal life and achievements. "You ... Read full review


Foreword by Simon Callow
Now Lets Start Talking
Professor of Aesthetics

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About the author (2007)

Merlin Holland is a journalist who has devoted over twenty years to researching his grandfather's life. Author of "The Wilde Album," he lives in London with his wife & son.

Simon Callow has appeared widely on stage, television and in films, including the highly successful Four Weddings and a Funeral. He has directed drama, musicals and comedy, and has written several books on actors and acting.

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