The Wit and Humor of Oscar Wilde Author:Alvin Redman (Editor), Oscar Wilde In the sixty years since Oscar Wilde's death, his writings and conversations have refused to go the way of so many things Victorian. Instead, each new generation has found in his barbed humor a fresh pungency and aptness. Even though we feel we ought to be outraged by Wilde's views of the world, his brilliant statements have us laughing ... more »and nodding in agreement.
This collection reveals him at his finest, in over one thousand epigrams which expose the hypocrisies and weaknesses of "civilized" society and over civilized man. It includes excerpts from his trial testimony, where the tragedy implicit in Wilde's humor is nowhere more vivid. As one of the great conversationalists of all time fences with the greatest cross-examiner of the day, we witness a remarkable, and tragic, tour de force.
As an aid to writers, speakers, and others wishing to quote Wilde or locate the source of a statement, these epigrams are divided into 49 categories. They offer a cynic's-eye view of sin, society, genius, wealth, men, women, religion, America, education, smoking and dozens of other aspects and components of our lives.« less