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A Victorian man

Portrait of Queen Victoria in her coronation robes, after Franz Xaver Winterhalter

According to Vincent O’Sullivan, Oscar Wilde said “The three women I have most admired are Queen Victoria, Sarah Bernhardt, and Lillie Langtry. I would have married any one of them with pleasure.” Queen Victoria seems an unlikely object of admiration for Wilde, until you consider his mother, Lady Wilde. Like the Queen, Lady Wilde was strong-willed, passionate, multilingual, rebellious, and

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Tasting books twice

“… [W]hatever amusement we may find in reading a purely modern novel, we have rarely any artistic pleasure in re-reading it. And this is perhaps the best rough test of what is literature and what is not. If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all.” Oscar Wilde, The Decay

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