Oscar Wilde


Today is the anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s release from Reading goal in 1897. David Freeman’s excellent Wilde in America, published 13 February this year, reminds us of happier days before Wilde’s persecution and confinement. There’s a good review by Neil Hegarty in the Daily Telegraph, which outlines Freeman’s account of Wilde’s contribution to the ‘invention of modern celebrity’ during his tour of the Untied States in 1882.