Hear no evil, speak no evil--and you'll never be invited to a party
Join me in reading the great wit of Oscar Wilde, an author whose plays, short stories, poetry, novellas, essays and lone novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, have all become celebrated classics in their own right.
Choose a challenge level:
Choose a challenge level:
WILDE CARD - read any two works by Oscar Wilde
WILFULLY WILDE - read any four works by Oscar Wilde
WONDERFULLY WITTY & WILDE - read any six works by Oscar Wilde
*BONUS LEVEL* WILDE AT HEART - read all the works published in The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Wilde Challenge Dates: January 2011- February 1, 2012 -- no deadline to sign up, join in at any time.
All participants who complete their challenge goal (or surpass it) will be entered in a drawing to win a fine art photograph of Oscar Wilde's celebrated Parisian memorial site at Père Lachaise Cemetery. In true Wilde fashion, his large handsome tombstone in the shape of a sphinx (Egyptian art-deco style) is covered in lipstick prints, kisses that admiring visitors continue to bestow daily. I'm sure Oscar would approve, don't you agree?
1.) Sign up via comments and leave a link to your blog or Shelfari page if you have one (not required). Apologies to those of you who'd prefer a more sophisticated sign-up via Mr. Linky, but he and and I are not currently getting along.
2.) Feel free to tell us what you plan to read, no need to pre-select your titles or stick to a list, however.
3.) Make a post on your own blog (if you have one) about the challenge or simply post a link to the challenge. Feel free to lift the image above for your blog.
Each time you read a work by Wilde, please post a review (if you have a blog or a Shelfari account, etc.--can be a very casual review with a few impressions or comments) and link to it in the comments section here (I may create a Mr. Linky widget for this later if we get a lot of busy, enthusiastic readers). If you don't have a blog, just post your impressions in the comments section here.
Suggested Reading List (plays, novellas, novels, essays, short story collections, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (long poem) & poetry collections are all eligible).
Plays: A Florentine Tragedy, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, The Duchess of Padua, The Importance of Being Earnest, For the Love of the King, Lady Windermere's Fan, Salome, La Sainte Courtisane, Vera or the Nihilists
Fiction (novels & novellas): The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Canterville Ghost, Lord Arthur Saville's Crime, The Portrait of Mr. W.H.
Short story collections: The Happy Prince & Other Tales, The Complete Short Stories of Oscar Wilde
Essays: De Profundis, The Critic As Artist, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, The Truth of Masks- A Note on Illusion, Lecture to Art Students, The Decay of Lying: An Observation, The Rise of Historical Criticism, House Decoration, The English Renaissance of Art, Art and the Handicraftsman,
Poetry: The Ballad of Reading Gaol, shorter poems are often compiled in anthologies or Oscar Wilde readers.
I highly recommend The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde published by Collins Classics. Dover Publications also has a great selection of volumes dedicated to Wilde's plays and poems at very affordable prices (beween $2-$4 a copy). I'm sure many of you with e-book readers can download many of these titles for free. You can also read Wilde online (plays, essays, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & short stories) at The Literary Page free of charge.
Happy reading! Go Wilde!