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Letters to the Sphinx Oscar Wilde

Letters to the Sphinx

Oscar Wilde

Published September 25th 2015
ISBN : 9780994430601
Hardcover
66 pages
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Letters to the Sphinx contains five main sections: the first is a typically characterful, cantankerous and yet appreciative essay of explanation by Oscar Wildes literary executor and close friend, Robert Ross. Then follow three major essays ofMoreLetters to the Sphinx contains five main sections: the first is a typically characterful, cantankerous and yet appreciative essay of explanation by Oscar Wildes literary executor and close friend, Robert Ross. Then follow three major essays of reminiscence by the Sphinx herself, the books compiler, Ada Leverson, also a dear friend of Wilde: The Importance of Being Oscar gives an iconically witty introduction to how Wilde operated and who he was- The Last First Night gives an elegiac impression of the atmosphere Wilde generated at the zenith of his career- and, finally, Afterwards is a sombrely quiet reflection on Wildes trials and imprisonment, his troubles, as he called them. Finally it becomes Wildes turn to speak. In thirty letters, letter-excerpts and telegrams his nature is impressed upon us. From his highest manner which surprisingly lacked stiffness, and in his lowest spirits which were plainly humble, his facility with and mastery of words and epigram are clearly evident, providing a compelling portrait of a personality which was, as Ross claims, unique in English literature. This slender volume was originally published as a limited edition in 1930 and has remained unavailable, except in the rare book market, ever since.