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Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America

Roy Morris Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0674066960 / ISBN 13: 9780674066960
Published by Belknap Press, 2013
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Title: Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North ...

Publisher: Belknap Press

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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Declaring His Genius Arriving at the port of New York in 1882, a 27-years-old Oscar Wilde quipped he had nothing to declare but my genius. This narrative reveals that Wilde was underselling himself. Full description


"The battery-fire of Wilde's utterances to reporters, ticketed audiences, college boys, art-collectors, autograph-hunters, Gilded Age millionaires, cowboys, Indians, and toughs in mining camps turned him into someone who was famous for being famous. Morris recounts Wilde's zigzagging across America accompanied by a cohort of publicists. The brouhaha surrounding him was intensified by shopkeepers who capitalised on his visits to their cities with brazen advertising campaigns: Oscar Wilde says the Opera Puffs cigarettes are a luxurious luxury, and just too-too! , for example, or Oscar Wilde loves Nebraskan canned corn. " --Richard Davenport-Hines, The Spectator, 26 January 2013

"Roy Morris, Jr. dedicates a whole book to those eleven months, taking his title from the phrase Wilde allegedly uttered to a customs officer on arrival at Staten Island about having nothing to declare but his genius. [...] America's response to Wilde was a patchy as one might expect, and by attending close;y to local newspaper reports, Norris is able to piece together a detailed reading of his reception and how it varied from place to place. --Kathryn Hughes, Times Literary Supplement, 10/05/2013

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