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Oscar Wilde in America: The Interviews (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 25. Februar 2010

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This comprehensive and authoritative collection of Oscar Wilde's American interviews affords readers a fresh look at the making of a literary legend. Better known in 1882 as a cultural icon than a serious writer (at twenty-six years old, he had by then published just one volume of poems), Wilde was brought to North America for a major lecture tour on Aestheticism and the decorative arts that was organized to publicize a touring opera, Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience, which lampooned him and satirized the Aesthetic "movement" he had been imported to represent.

In this year-long series of broadly distributed and eagerly read newspaper interviews, Wilde excelled as a master of self-promotion. He visited major cities from New York to San Francisco but also small railroad towns along the way, granting interviews to newspapers wherever asked. With characteristic aplomb, he adopted the role as the ambassador of Aestheticism, and reporters noted that he was dressed for the part. He wooed and flattered his hosts everywhere, pronouncing Miss Alsatia Allen of Montgomery, Alabama, the most beautiful young lady he had seen in the United States, adding, "This is a remark, my dear fellow, I supposed I have made of some lady in every city I have visited in this country. It could be appropriately made. American women are very beautiful."

Confronted at every turn by an insatiable audience of sometimes hostile interviewers, the young poet tried out a number of phrases, ideas, and strategies that ultimately made him famous as a novelist and playwright. Seeing America and Americans for the first time, Wilde's perception often proved as sharp as his wit; the echoes of both resound in much of his later writings. His interviewers also succeeded in getting him to talk about many other topics, from his opinions of British and American writers (he thought Poe was America's greatest poet) to his views of Mormonism. This exceptional volume cites all ninety-one of Wilde's interviews and contains transcripts of forty-eight of them, and it also includes his lecture on his travels in America.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good solid research 14. März 2014
Von M. S. Blomgren - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Good, solid primary sources all in one place makes this book invaluable for the Oscar Wilde scholar or devoted fan. Index in back of book listing all the newspaper interviews in existence of Wilde's visit to North America makes it even more worthwhile.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Oscar Wilde in America: The Interviews 24. September 2012
Von Bob Green - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Having recently completed a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Canterville Ghost, which I call The Ghost Of Canterville Chase, in which I use an actor playing Oscar to provide occasional narrative, I wanted to read what the reporters in various newspapers across the country had to say about him. Oscar was only 26 at the time of his tour and the comments from dozens of reporters are very similar and many are funny. One of Oscar's talks is also included in the book and parts are hilarious. "When I visited a town in the west they treated me to a three course dinner. Whiskey was the first course. Whiskey was the second course, and the third course was whiskey." Should add that a few years after, Oscar married and he and his wife had two sons. One was killed in battle during World War I; the second son became a writer and married a lady he worked with at the British Broadcasting Corporation. They had a son, Merlin Holland, who resides in France. He is now 67 years of age and is also a writer and lecturer. I mailed him a copy of the musical and asked him to contact me. Should add that Oscar Wilde's wife changed the family name to Holland after the homosexual trial of her husband, which sentenced him to two years of hard labor. Following prison he moved to France where he died penniless in his late 40s. For Oscar Wilde fans I would highly recommend this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great buy on a terrific book. 7. Juni 2013
Von Anthony C. Dobrowolski - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a wonderful addition to my ever-growing Oscar Wilde collection.
I've never found this kind of collection of newspaper interviews from
Wilde's lecture tour of the US and Canada before. Informative and enlightening.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Save your money 31. Januar 2015
Von Clarity Driven - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dull. Dull! Newspaper accounts of celebrities in any century are - uh - dull. I bought the book hoping it would shed some heretofore unknown (by me) side of Wilde's character, but not so. Disappointing. . ..
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Anthology 19. September 2010
Von Beowulf - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A great collection of Oscar's interviews. If you want a sense of Oscar in the USA, this is the book.
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