Lord Of Doing Up His Flies
Long before David Bowie, Oscar Wilde was an image chameleon. Here is a selection of his many haircuts.
The Greatest Music Hall Bill Ever Assembled
Picture of Door in Grey
Well some people did see Oscar as a comic.
Last Bill and Testament
This is Oscar Wilde’s last bill from the Hôtel d’Alsace in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris. Wilde spent his last days there (in Room 16), famously remarking “I am dying beyond my means” and “I am fighting a duel to the death with this wallpaper. Either it goes or I do”. Alas, it was the wallpaper that survived.
Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved me….
More to Life
The Green Carnation (1949 reprint)
This is a fictional book by Robert Hichens about Oscar Wilde and Bosie. Hichens had met Oscar and Bosie in Egypt and had spent much time with them. This account then is accepted as pretty accurate. For modern day readers it provides a source of Wildean epigrams (in the character of Esme Amarinth) that are unavailable elsewhere. Eg…..
"Vulgarity has become so common it has lost all it’s charm".
"Good intentions are invariably ungrammatical".
"To get drunk deliberately is as foolish as to get sober by accident".
"Bishops have declared I’m a monster and monsters have declared I should be a bishop".
Plus many more. The Green Carnation is easily downloadable online.