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EVERYONE LOVES OSCAR!
The statuary at his gravesite is literally covered with lipstick kisses, but I love the ones right on his smackers.
As Wilde lay dying in his room at the Hôtel d’Alsace, his last words were, “Either this wallpaper goes or I go…”.
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Oscar Wilde in Paris. September 2011 release.
A Literary Paris: Hemingway, Colette, Sedaris, and Others on the Uncommon Lure of the City of Light. 2010. One reviewer called this a “love letter to Paris.” A dazzling literary celebration of the City of Light: stroll along the Seine with David Sedaris in Me Talk Pretty One Day, sample croissants in a patisserie with M.F.K. Fisher in As They Were, and savor Mona Lisa’s smile at the Louvre with Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad. With fascinating annotations on the works, the writers, and the wonders of one of the world?s most beautiful places, A Literary Paris takes you on a bon voyage through this incomparable city–one mot juste at a time! Beautiful illustrations, too.
The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. June 2011 release. As American expatriates living in Paris, the writer Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife Sarah were absolutely pivotal in shaping the city’s vibrant cultural life in the early 20th century. They hosted Saturday evening salons at which the brightest artists, writers, musicians, and collectors convened to discuss the latest developments. They aggressively promoted and collected emerging painters and sculptors, particularly their close friends Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. And along the way they developed unparalleled holdings in modernist work by such figures as Paul Cézanne, Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Lavishly produced and featuring more than 600 images, The Steins Collect is the first comprehensive exploration of the Steins’ extraordinary collections and their enduring cultural influence.
Literary Paris: A Guide by Jessica Powell. 2006. “Part anthology and part sight-seeing guide, it combines literary excerpts, photographs and anecdotes, ranging from Molière in the 17th century to the 1950s of James Baldwin. Each chapter profiles a different author, such as Gustave Flaubert, Oscan Wilde and Gertrude Stein, and covers the streets, gardens, monuments and bistros at which those luminaries were habitués. Readers are invited to channel Guillaume Apollinaire at the Café du Départ, pay homage to George Sand at the Musée de la Vie Romantique–and, in the process, rediscover Paris (which Victor Hugo dubbed ‘the city of cities’ in 1870) in all its erudite glory.” —Town & Country
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