Wilde In America: Oscar Wilde And The Invention Of Modern Celebrity With Author David M. Friedman

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Wilde In America: Oscar Wilde And The Invention Of Modern Celebrity With Author David M. Friedman
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You might think the Kardashians thought up the idea of being famous for being famous, but before them there was Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith. And before Paris and Anna Nicole, there was Dianne Brill, the club girl who was always out on the town, doing nothing, being seen. But as David M. Friedman shows in his new book, Wilde in America, the true inventor of modern celebrity lived and died long before any of those fame seekers. It was Oscar Wilde, who arrived in America in 1882 as an unknown—it was years before he’d write The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, or An Ideal Husband—and left twelve months later as the second-most-famous Briton in our country, behind only Queen Victoria. Not bad for a writer who hadn’t really written anything. Wilde achieved that improbable feat by giving 150 lectures, including four in Colorado, on interior decorating, singing the praises of sconces and embroidered pillows while wearing satin breeches, silver-buckled pumps, and a snug velvet coat, his face dusted with powder and a hint of rouge. Other European literary men—Dickens and Tocqueville, to name but two—had toured America before Wilde. But they came to learn about America. Wilde came so America could learn about him. Wilde in America has received excellent reviews in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and was recently chosen “Book of the Week” by The Times of London. Friedman will discuss his book and all things Oscar here in Denver on April 16. Book signing to follow.
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