The Unauthorized Letters of Oscar Wilde

The Unauthorized Letters of Oscar Wilde

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HEMINGWAY FIRST NOVEL PRIZE Critical Comment: D.T. Max, New York Times Book Review: a€œExceptional, smart and playful, a novel of quiet seductions. An imagined correspondence between Wilde and the author that turns into a drama of cross-century friendship.a€ Merlin Holland; author, grandson of Oscar Wilde:a€œA charming read. Ia€™m sure Grandfather would have seen the fun of it.a€ Hillary Hemingway; Director, Hemingway Literary Festival: a€œWhat a delight to discover this unique voice. The novel is already the buzz of New York.a€ Jill Jackson, Syndicated columnist, King Features:a€œA brilliant correspondence, beautifully written and researched. Very funny stuff.a€ Ellis Hanson, Author, a€œDecadence a Catholicisma€:a€œA style so conversational and amusing, it felt like Holloway was sitting at my dinner table. Postmodern parallels with Wilde abound a€“ theatre is transmogrified into TV commercials, rentboys into go-go types in a hustler bar, Reading Gaol into a psycho-prison for sexual outcasts. They make for interesting echoes and dissonances between decadence and post-modernism, aestheticism and camp, innuendo and outness, sex as gross indecency and sex as medical problem.a€ Giovanna Franci, Professor of English, University of Bologna, Italy:a€œWhat a wonderful concept! Beautifully realized! I couldna€™t put it down.a€ LINER NOTES: In February of 1993, enroute from Capetown, South Africa to Los Angeles, during a lay-over at London Is Cadogan Hotel, C. Robert Holloway is convinced he witnessed the arrest of Oscar Wilde from the very room he Is occupying. After badgering a reluctant night-manager, he learns that his room is indeed the same suite from which Wilde was ignominiously hauled away to Bow Street Police Station in April of 1895. Emboldened by a split of honor-bar rose and a chocolate rush, he drafts a letter to Wilde, at once part apology - part adulation - part exorcism and no small part jet-lagged foolishness. Next morning, he deposits it in a Piccadilly post-box, and shortly departs for California, never giving it a second thought. Two weeks later a thick envelope tumbles from Holloway Is mail-box in West Hollywood. Filling several pages, the flamboyant hand bears a strong resemblance to Wilde Is. Its author Is observations on Holloway Is lineage and threadbare education are accurate enough to unnerve him, albeit momentarily. Thus begins an audacious, outrageous, occasionally trenchant, often hilarious correspondence between a little-known TV producion designer and the most famous gay man in the Western world.a€œIa#39;m going to write your Daddy tonight and tell him just how bad youa#39;ve been. ... in nearby Atlantic City, usually held in a dreary store front, where the devoted sat on hardwood folding chairs, in rapt attention before a ranting lay-preacher. ... I prayed my multi-saved heart out for Daddy to come 234 C. ROBERT HOLLOWAY .

Title:The Unauthorized Letters of Oscar Wilde
Author:C. Robert Holloway
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 1998-08-30


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