Oscar Wilde Discovers America: A Novel

In January 1882, Oscar Wilde arrived in New York to begin a nationwide publicity tour Mentioned in a few newspaper articles but barely a footnote in the history books was the black valet who accompanied him In a daring and richly imaginative work, Louis Edwards rescues this figure from obscurity, blurring the line between fact and fiction as he follows Wilde and hiIn January 1882, Oscar Wilde arrived in New York to begin a nationwide publicity tour Mentioned in a few newspaper articles but barely a footnote in the history books was the black valet who accompanied him In a daring and richly imaginative work, Louis Edwards rescues this figure from obscurity, blurring the line between fact and fiction as he follows Wilde and his gifted confidant, Traquair, on a whirlwind tour across the country, from high society Newport to art conscious San Francisco to the Deep South Edwards s brilliantly conjured Wilde astounds the New World with his eloquent lectures and larger than life presence, while Traquair delights in the greatest year of his youth losing his virginity in a Washington, D C brothel meeting Jefferson Davis in Mississippi falling hopelessly in love in St Louis and learning about his own family s secret history Juxtaposed with Traquair s experiences are those of his Caucasian best friend, Baxter, who travels to England and becomes enmeshed in a circle of luminaries including Lady Wilde, James Whistler, Lillie Langtry, and Wilde s future wife, Constance Lloyd Combining seductive, epigrammatic language and a unique perspective on class and race in late nineteenth century America, Oscar Wilde Discovers America builds to a surprising climax that offers a chilling forecast of the tragic destiny of Wilde and a stunning redefinition of the American spirit.
Oscar Wilde Discovers America A Novel In January Oscar Wilde arrived in New York to begin a nationwide publicity tour Mentioned in a few newspaper articles but barely a footnote in the history books was the black valet who accompani

  • Title: Oscar Wilde Discovers America: A Novel
  • Author: Louis Edwards
  • ISBN: 9780743236898
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. "I always went straight to a brothel without any trouble. It was only when I headed for home that I realized I was lost," a character responds in a discussion about locating brothels. Thus, the best portion of this novel is the dialogue: the author does inform us that some lines are Wilde's, some his own, and many are truly great. But at the same time, this is the weakest portion of the novel: after a while everyone seems to talk like Wilde. The story of Oscar Wilde touring America in 1882 with [...]

    2. I kept hearing (and singing to myself) the first line of the Jimmy Buffett song that starts "Oscar Wilde died in bed, several floors above my head" every time I picked up this book.A poignantly funny book that will inspire me to read more of and more about Oscar Wilde, the flamboyant and ultimately self-destructive "Aesthete", this book fleshes out in fiction the sketchy historical mentions of a black valet who traveled with Wilde through the US in 1882. Wilde is secondary to William Traquair, t [...]

    3. Just finished this one last night and I have to say it was thoroughly enjoyable overall to read as an Oscar Wilde fan. It's one of those books that isn't based completely in fact and so some liberties were taken in terms of interpreting things Oscar was known to say and articles/reviews of his tour in America. It's from the perspective of a servant and, as the book supposes, close friend of Oscar's. This man is black at a time that people are much more discriminated against based on race (not to [...]

    4. Although, for the most part, I enjoyed "Oscar Wilde Discovers America," I felt that it was too fantastical for the serious societal and family concerns the author was tackling, however tangentially. The idea that a young black man, no matter how attractive and well-educated, could move so freely in 19th century US society as Traquair is depicted, is asking the reader to abandon all practical knowledge of our convoluted and violent racial history. Traquair may have been "sheltered" while under th [...]

    5. This was an interesting attempt to imagine what life would have been like for the valet to Oscar Wilde as he traveled the nation on a whirlwind speaking tour. The narrator, Traquair, is a college educated New York African American who begins as a servant to Wilde, but becomes a close friend and intellectual sparring partner. While there is much effort here to recreate the Wildean banter, the dialogue is a bit too precious and self conscious-- a sort of Frasier episode for Victorians with all the [...]

    6. I read this book for the first time about a year or so after it was originally published. I think it is the best book to date with Oscar Wilde as a fictional character. Not even Gyles Brandreth's recent books make Oscar Wilde come alive as Louis Edwards does. I have since read this book altogether three or four times and I am happy I have included it as a part of my library collection. I am also glad that we have a perspective of the valet that accompanied Oscar Wilde on his North American tour. [...]

    7. I was a little put off by the tone of the book's main character, William Traquair, at first but I quickly warmed up to him. This is a very good coming of age novel centering around Traquair as he tours the country as Oscar Wilde's valet. The book sets the reader up to expect a major crisis as the tour heads South -- Traquair is African-American and the novel is set at the time of Wilde's actual tour, 20 years after the Civil War. But without revealing spoilers I'll say this novel is full of surp [...]

    8. A fictional account of an actual trip, this is the story of Oscar Wilde’s famous journey throughout 19th-century America as told by his valet. While history had little to say about William Traquire, Mr. Edwards manages to imbue this shadowy figure with personality and style. Edwards also captures Oscar Wilde’s indolent, witty and effete style with such accuracy, you feel the author might have taken this trip with them. The reader is sent along on this journey by railway, staying in luxurious [...]

    9. I came to this novel after hearing loads of praise for it in my book club, but found it severely wanting. It's more about Wilde's Butler and the conditions in America at the time for black servants. Rather than of his grand tour than about portraying the man or doing anything really interesting in regards to story. I didn't need another lecture about race relations, historical or otherwise. I wanted an Oscar Wilde story.

    10. I enjoyed reading this novel that is based on enormous research of Oscar Wilde and his visit to the US. Interspersed with letters between two friends, the actions in the book are less about Oscar Wilde and more about his servant, Traquair, a young, recent college graduate who is African-American. His upbringing and education do not prepare him for life; however, his time with Oscar Wilde provides a greater education.I especially liked the ending. An excellent read for anyone.

    11. Wonderful concept for a book, Oscar Wilde was a fascinating, flamboyant, charismatic, charming bon vivant. His travels in America must have been memorable. But the only thing wrong with "Oscar Wilde Discovers America" is that there is just not enough of Oscar Wilde discovering America.It’s a work of fiction. Make something up.

    12. Another book this year I didn't finish. Not that it was particularly bad, and I did read 50 pages of it. But so far there were no highlights in it, no really interesting stuff and so for me no reason to keep reading.

    13. this book chronicles the year wilde tours america giving lectures on art. the story is told from the perspective of his valet, william traquair. it has clever dialogue and witticisms, but it fell short of my expectations. not worth the time.

    14. i always try to finish every book i read, but this just wasnt going to happen. it's so lame! dont bother.

    15. Oh man. I don't know about this one. The writing was actually pretty good at times, and never downright bad, but the plot was kind of out there.

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