September 23: Oscar Wilde

September 23: Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
September 23: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello Cobblers!

Today is the first day of September that we are not in fact celebrating the birth of an author or a significant publishing date, so I chose to feature one of my favorites: Oscar Wilde. Honestly, I celebrate the birth of Wilde on a daily basis anyway; he’s just got so much attitude that I can never get enough. Today’s quote comes from Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest“, and this particular line was spoken by the character of Algernon.

Since I’ve already featured Wilde, and I’m sure there will be plenty more features on him, I decided to chose only one article for today, published by The New York Review of Books: “Oscar Wilde, Classics Scholar.” Here’s an excerpt from the article to entice you: “As we know, his prediction would be spectacularly fulfilled: like a character in one of the Greek tragedies he was able to translate so fluently as a student, his short life followed a spectacular trajectory from fame to infamy, from the heady triumphs of his post-Oxford days, when he was already famous enough to be lampooned by Gilbert and Sullivan in Patience, to the dreadful peripeteia of the trials and imprisonment.” 

For previous hyperlink curations for Wilde, check out August’s post: “August 17: Oscar Wilde.

Wilde is the writer to turn to to get out of that mid-week slump.


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