The Importance of Being Oscar: The Life and Works of Oscar Wilde

A video talk

Oscar Wilde once stated that the only thing worse than being talked about was NOT being talked about. This illustrated video talk tells the amazing story of his life.

From a childhood in an eminent Protestant Dublin family, then time as a flamboyant student at Oxford, and his arrival on the London scene, Oscar Wild was a larger-than-life figure in his time. He was a playwright, wit, advisor on home decoration, novelist and poet.

“Oscar Wilde: we have only to hear the great name to anticipate that what will be quoted as his will surprise and delight us.”
― Richard Ellmann

A most versatile writer

Oscar Wilde was one of history’s most versatile of authors. He wrote essays, brilliant letters, plays that have been regularly performed around the world, moving fairy tales, one controversial novel, and some superb poems. Discover how his illegal homosexuality inspired much of his writing, and learn about the early reception of his works.

A great star of literature

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”, Wilde once stated. He has become one of the great ‘stars’ of the world of literature. Find out about the tragedy of his life and the comedy of his works.  I will guide you into the wonderful and witty world of the writer who is now regarded as one of the greatest authors of Irish literature, the fabulous Oscar Wilde.

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At just $9 this Video Talk is a real treat! In it, I reveal intriguing stories about the author to help you understand what prompted this book to be written. I identify the main characters and their roles, analyse the themes behind the story, and describe the influence that the era, lifestyle and circumstances have on the book’s setting. It is illustrated with photographs, paintings, scenes from different film versions and book covers – you’ll have plenty to look at while you listen. Buy it now and receive a link to view your video immediately.

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Discuss it with me

Do you find Oscar Wilde as fascinating as I do? Does your heart break for the tragedy of his life? Let’s discuss it here.

I found your talk on Oscar Wilde fascinating. It filled in many gaps for me and has sent me to read more of his work. Such genius and sadness in his later years. 

Carol

Thanks for another fascinating talk. There is so much to admire about this writer. I’m going to look for his letter to Bosie right now!

Jane

You are delightful. Keep it coming. 

Jane
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Featured image credit- Oscar Wilde in 1889. Picture by W. and D. Downey, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=692360

Comments (4)

  1. Jane Todd

    Thanks for another fascinating talk. There is so much to admire about this writer. I’m going to look for his letter to Bosie right now!

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Oscar is fabulous. I think there are some recoreded versions of his letter to Bosie, De Profundis. I once heard it read on stage and it was mesmerising. I am so glad you enjoyed my new video talk.

  2. Jane C Hunt

    Susannah,

    I just want to thank you for an outstanding talk on Oscar Wilde. Please do another on an author — Dickens? Trollope? The Bronte Sisters? Margaret Atwood? The Golden Booker? Penelope Lively?

    I was surprised by the reference to syphilis and Oscar Wilde. I was unaware of that complication to his life.

    Thank you again. Thanks to you, I am now reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and watching every movie I can find about his plays and life on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

    All the best,

    Jane Hunt

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Thanks so much for your kind comments, Jane. I am delighted tht you enjoyed the video talk so much and that I can now reach readers in the USA through my talks. As you have found from my website, I do offer talks on many other fabulous authors. You might also like to consider joining my Tea with a Book Addict series, which takes you to 12 countries with 12 books this year. Each talk is given by zoom, but also sent to you as one of my video talks which you can watch whenever it suits you. The first one on LP Hartley’s The Go-Between has already been given, but if you subscribe, that will be sent to you.
      Happy reading!

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