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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User Review  - ironicqueery - LibraryThing

One in a series of books that takes a historical figure and attempt to recreate a fictional conversation over coffee. This is not for the hardcore Oscar Wilde enthusiast, however, for someone just ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greymowser - LibraryThing

Great book. How many people would like to sit down with a cuppa and chat with Oscar Wilde? Read full review


Foreword by Simon Callow
Now Lets Start Talking
Professor of Aesthetics

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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.

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