WWW Wednesdays: The W is for Wilde.

ImageIt is time for WWW Wednesdays hosted by Should Be Reading (and indeed you should).

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

ImageWhat am I reading?

I am very much enjoying Josephine Guy and Ian Small’s Studying Oscar Wilde: History, Criticism and Myth.  I identify very much with the figure of Wilde these authors present– Wilde the writer as opposed to Wilde the mythical figure.  Between this book and the book by the same authors that I will mention next Wilde emerges as someone who was successful at branding himself as a social figure but less successful, until his society comedies became relative hits, at branding himself in the literary world.  His work was too eclectic, and he straddled the worlds of popular fiction and elite artistry for the highly educated.  He was a working writer, looking to make a living, writing in any genre that paid.  Although Dorian Gray is now thought of as a classic, the book edition did not sell well.  Publishers didn’t know what to make of him, and didn’t see him as particularly bankable.  (I am an un-marketably eclectic writer myself and I sympathize with this.)

What Did I Recently Finish Reading? 

ImageI just finished this insanely green book.  Oscar Wilde’s Profession, by the same authors.  It covers a lot of the same territory but is more academic and less for a general readership.

9780375703683What do I think I’ll read next?

I’m very excited that my copy of The Decline and Fall of The British Aristocracy by David Cannadine has come in through inter-library loan.  You can read the New York Times review here, if you like.

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2 comments

  1. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.

    Wilde, Oscar (1994-10-01). The Picture of Dorian Gray (Kindle Locations 13-14). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition.

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