It 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?
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?
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.