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How Oscar Became Wilde by Elliot Engel
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How Oscar Became Wilde (edition 2005)

by Elliot Engel

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Title:How Oscar Became Wilde
Authors:Elliot Engel
Info:Robson Books Ltd (2005), Paperback, 256 pages
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How Oscar Became Wilde: And Other Literary Lives You Never Learned About in School by Elliot Engel

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How Oscar Became WILDE would have earned the full 5 stars if not for Eliot Engel's glorification
of Hemingway's glorification of the obscene sickening cruelty of the "sport" of bullfighting.

This entry was extremely disappointing and unexpected in an otherwise eminently readable,
entertaining, and expansive collection of essays based on the author's college lectures.
The author gives 'essays' a new life compared with the endless (but great!) Emersons.

One odd thing is that he writes that Dickens is unrealistic, giving "No one in real life is as stingy as Scrooge"
as an example. Yet, he has just mentioned three who qualify: Robert Browning's paternal grandfather,
the selfish Edward Barrett, and cruel John Allan.

Similarly, he totally credits the superior role dominated by men as the main reason for women not excelling as writers.
What about early and forced marriages, frequent death in childbirth, dependence on men for support, and consumption
(affected women more than men at that time)...?

The essay on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the most surprising; Frost, the most unusual, Wilde, the least revealing (because
so much time has passed since book was published); with Mark Twain the most fun.

Other enlightening favorites include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Poe, Dickens, and the Brownings. ( )
  m.belljackson | Nov 17, 2017 |
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