The Works of Oscar Wilde Volume 15

The Works of Oscar Wilde Volume 15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... and who hailed Oscar Wilde as a dramatic poet of very high rank. Wilde lived quite luxuriously in Paris, and was often to be seen dining at the fashionable restaurants, at Bignon's in the Avenue de l'Opera, the Cafe de Paris, or at Foyot's or Larenne's. At these cafes he met many literary people and artists. At the Cafe d'Orsay, where Wilde occasionally went, he was apt to run across Paul Bourget, with whom he struck up something of a friendship. But in those days Bourget was having a hard struggle and was depressed and reticent, while Wilde was exuberant and full of talk. Sherard, in his first book about Wilde, bearing the sub-title of "The Story of an Unhappy Friendship," thus describes a meeting between Wilde and Paul Verlaine: "The two poets met at the Cafe Francois Premier, where Verlaine used to go for absinthe, and the distressful impression which poor Lelian of the satyr's face produced upon Oscar Wilde was such that he could not bear to meet him again. 'It was dreadful, ' he said to me. Poor Lelian, by the way, carried off from this interview no other impression than that the English poet had an abundant stock of superior cigarettes, whilst he had to content himself with a penny screw of inferior tobacco. I suppose that all the brilliant things that Wilde said were lost upon the simple Verlaine, that child with the head of a Socrates, whose interests in life were reduced to their most material expression. "He paid no heed to his brother poet's outpourings of eulogy. His little twinkling eyes leered now at the emptying glass and now at the silver cigarette case. His visitor, in his enthusiasm, forgot for once his natural...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
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  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236932455
  • 9781236932457