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Book Title: The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde|
The author of the book: Ralph Keyes
Edition: David Scott Publishers
Date of issue: March 10th 2012
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More than a century since his death, Oscar Wilde still intrigues us. This poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist was his era’s leading aphorist. George Bernard Shaw called him “incomparably the greatest talker of his time—perhaps of all time.”
In The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde, Ralph Keyes has captured the verbal flair that delighted Wilde’s contemporaries. This definitive compilation includes material not only from Wilde’s better-known works but from his more obscure reviews, letters, and appearances in friends’ memoirs. It incorporates anecdotes that illustrate Wilde’s knack for repartee. When a journalist said he never discussed subjects on which he didn’t know the facts, Wilde observed, “That must limit your conversation frightfully.”
At the heart of The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde are Wilde’s best sayings. Some are witty: “Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.” Others are caustic: “Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.” Still more show genuine wisdom: “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”
Oscar Wilde is as popular with readers today as he was in his own time. The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde shows why. His words in this book remain fresh, alive, and electric. They stride off the page to demand that we pay attention, not just because Oscar was clever but because he was wise. “For all their verbal hijinks,” Ralph Keyes writes in his introduction, “many of Wilde’s observations displayed real perception. Amid the glitter of his wit lay nuggets of insight.” By winnowing Oscar Wilde’s best work into one volume, Keyes has given us a primer of one of history’s greatest personalities and most original thinkers.
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Read information about the authorRalph Keyes is an author, speaker and teacher. His 15 books deal with topics ranging from time pressure to human height. Keyes’s bestseller Is There Life After High School? was made into a Broadway musical that is still produced in this country and abroad. Since being published in 1995 his book The Courage to Write has become a standard work among aspiring writers in particular.
Keyes’s recent books have focused on language. “Nice Guys Finish Seventh” and The Quote Verifier explore the origins of quotations, with an emphasis on correcting misconceptions about who said what. I Love It When You Talk Retro is about “retroterms,” words and phrases that are rooted in our past. An upcoming book called Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms (titled Unmentionables: From Family Jewels to Friendly Fire, What We Say Instead of What We Mean in Great Britain) considers how and why we use so many evasive words.
Hundreds of articles and essays by Keyes have appeared in publications ranging from GQ to Good Housekeeping . An article he co-authored won the McKinsey Award for Best Article of the Year in the Harvard Business Review.
In addition to writing Keyes speaks to gatherings that range from professional, corporate and educational groups to ones for writers. He has also taught courses on writing at schools, colleges and writer’s conferences.
Following early media appearances on The Tonight Show and All Things Considered Keyes appeared on Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, and 20/20. On National Public Radio he’s been interviewed by Susan Stamberg, Robert Siegel, Noah Adams, Neal Conan, Brooke Gladstone, and Terry Gross (for Fresh Air, All Things Considered, On the Media, and Talk of the Nation). Keyes was one of Bob Edwards's first guests on The Bob Edwards Show on XM Radio.
After graduating from Antioch College in 1967, Keyes did graduate work at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1968 to 1970 he was Assistant to the Publisher of Long Island’s Newsday. Following a decade as a Fellow of the Center for Studies of the Person in La Jolla, California, Keyes did free-lance writing and lecturing in the Philadelphia area. He now lives with his wife Muriel in Yellow Springs, Ohio. When not writing Keyes collects deco toasters and other vintage appliances. He also likes to hike, bike and follow sports.
Keyes belongs to the Authors Guild, and is a Fellow of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute. He is listed in Contemporary Authors and Who’s Who.
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