Monthly Archives: February 2013

Which poisonous yellow book?

Sepia photo of Oscar Wilde holding a book that has been digitally coloured yellow

The secret of Raoul, Dorian and Oscar “’Zola,’ said Mr Gorby thoughtfully, taking down a flimsy yellow book rather tattered. ‘I’ve heard of him; if his novels are as bad as his reputation I shouldn’t care to read them.” Fergus Hume, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886), Chapter 6   “I prefer books … in yellow covers.” The blackmailer

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Adapting Wilde

The only time I think watching a film or TV series trumps reading the original book is when it comes to plays. Plays are not meant to be read; they are meant to be performed (if only high school teachers of Shakespeare would remember this!). I feel no shame in watching film adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s plays because they were

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