Monthly Archives: February 2015


Photograph of Oscar Wilde in coat and with walking stick

Do you have OOWD (Obsessive Oscar Wilde Disorder)? Symptoms: All your conversations begin with “Oscar Wilde said …” and “Did you know that Oscar Wilde …?” You’re on first-name terms with Wilde’s circle: Bosie, Robbie, Sphinx, Constance, Reggie, etc. Conversely, you have the 9th Marquess of Queensberry’s face on a dart board. No matter how many books are published about

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Wilde, Stoker, Ruskin and Whistler in limericks

Photograph of Oscar Wilde

Oh no. Don’t mix Interesting Literature’s Lives of Victorian Writers Told in Limericks with commuting; before you know it, you’ll be thinking in limericks yourself. Here are my attempts. James McNeill Whistler Butterflies aren’t ‘sposed to sting But tears Jimmy Whistler did wring From his friends, don’t you see He’d make enemies His praises you had to sing Oscar Wilde

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Tite Street Titans

Cover of Devon Cox's book The Street of Wonderful Possibilities: Whistler, Wilde and Sargent in Tite Street

When Oscar Wilde moved into 16 Tite Street, Chelsea with his wife Constance in January 1885, he was already familiar with Tite Street as the neighbourhood of his bachelor days. At number 16 (now 34) Tite Street, Oscar and Constance would raise two sons, model Aesthetic interior design and clothing and play host to artists, critics and writers. How could Wilde

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