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Riassunto: "Do you want to know the great tragedy of my life? I have put all of my genius into my life; all I've put into my work is my talent." "We live in an age that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." Oscar Wilde is considered to be the greatest wit in the English language; this book marks the centenary of his death in penury and exile in Paris. Barry Day charts - in Wilde's own inimitable style - his progress from the brilliant, youthful aesthete who mesmerized his audiences, to the drunken debaucher, destroyed by his own vanity and arrogance. The book combines not only Wilde's famous epigrams ("Work is the curse of the drinking classes"), but also the words torn from his heart, from his letters and diaries. It is a tribute to a man who is today perhaps even more famous and admired than he was in his own lifetime.
From the Publisher: Oscar Wilde--to many the greatest wit in the English language--died in impoverished exile in Paris a century ago. He died unsure whether his genius--the one thing that really mattered to him--would survive his disgrace. Yet today, Oscar Wilde is more famous and admired than he was in his own lifetime. In many ways, he remains an astonishingly modern figure. Now, Barry Day gives us this affectionate portrait of Oscar Wilde told largely in Wilde's own scintillating words. He has drawn not only from the writer's published work and reminiscences, but also from a thousand surviving letters. As Day writes: "In "A Life in Quotes," you will find the public Wilde polishing the verbal jewels that brought him fame, but you will also hear the private Wilde struggling with words to make sense of a less than perfect world. The man who emerges is no less impressive as a literary figure but entirely more likeable as a human being than one had expected."
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Descrizione libro Metro Books, London, 2000., 2000. 1st edition, hardback, small 8vo, xx,291pp, illustrated, text clean and tight, gift inscription on endpaper from the editor to John Julius Norwich, Very Good / Very Good dustwrapper. ISBN: 1842410032. Codice libro della libreria 660126
Descrizione libro Metro Books, London, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Acceptable. Acceptable items may shows sign of prior usage, pages stained or discoloured from the outside. Covers/corners and spine may be worn/bent, may contain stickers/stamps or previous owners name (May contain gift note). For detailed description please contact seller. Codice libro della libreria mon0001267256
Descrizione libro Metro Books, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG1842410032
Descrizione libro Metro Books, 2000. Condizione libro: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Codice libro della libreria 2783444457
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97818424100354.0
Descrizione libro Metro Books, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P021842410032