Arriving at the port of New York in 1882, a 27-year-old Oscar Wilde quipped he had “nothing to declare but my genius.” But as this sparkling narrative reveals, Wilde was, rarely for him, underselling himself. A chronicle of his sensational eleven-month speaking tour of America, Declaring His Genius offers an indelible portrait of both Oscar Wilde and the Gilded Age. Neither Wilde nor America would ever be the same.
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Table of ContentsContents Introduction 1. Too Too Utterly Utter 2. More Wonderful Than Dickens 3. Those Who Dawnce Don’t Dine 4. What Would Thoreau Have Said to My Hat-Box! 5. No Well-Behaved River Ought to Act This Way 6. A Very Italy, Without Its Art 7. Don’t Shoot the Pianist; He’s Doing His Best 8. You Should Have Seen It Before the War 9. The Oscar of the First Period Is Dead Notes Acknowledgments Index
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Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Readers who don't want to study a weighty biography of Oscar Wilde may enjoy this brief (200 p) and well-written book. The advantages of this volume include Ray Morris Jr's clear exposition and judicious choice of aphorisms, both of which keep the narrative focused, informative, and entertaining. The chief disadvantage of a brief history such as this is that it necessarily piques the reader's interest without satisfying all the — admittedly digressive — threads it uncovers. But it would be a shame to overlook this volume, so I recommend a handy adjunct for curious readers: Have your laptop or pad handy so you can look up some of the fascinating people in this narrative. Many readers know about Ambrose Bierce, but how about Lillie Langtry, Joaquin Miller, Victoria Woodhull, Clara Morris, and many others?