5 thoughts on “Oscariana

  1. I found this book to be rather mundane. It had some charming quotes, but it is essentially a quote book. This did not provide much insight into the world, though it showed how snobby and pretentious he was. It is worth reading at least once.

  2. This little collection shows that Oscar Wilde was far more serious than people like to remember him. It presents many gems condensed into a line or two out of his books and plays. Yet those gems still need context to fully be appreciated, and so it is really an introduction to the greater works of a man who placed himself both in the centre of things and at the cutting, in the most intellectual way possible, edge.

  3. The quotes in this book are arranged by source, such as “The Importance of Being Ernest” or a particular essay. While Wilde’s quotes are readily available on internet lists and elsewhere, this slim volume has some quotes that I hadn’t run across before. There’s no padding whatsoever — no introductory essay or response to the quotes, simply the quotes themselves.

  4. Wilde certainly is witty – this book is amusing (and good to fall asleep to), but Wilde is even more funny in context. In this book he is ripped out of such context by an editor who makes good judgments, but sorts rather lazily. I would rather go back to Wilde’s works directly.

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