Monday, August 10, 2009

An author comes to town

Via Maud Newton, an article in Harper's collecting journalist reports of an author tour. The tour took place in 1882. The author was Oscar Wilde. (You need to be a Harper's subscriber to read the whole article.)

As MN quotes, here's what Ambrose Bierce had to say about the English man of letters: The ineffable dunce has nothing to say and says it — says it with a liberal embellishment of bad delivery, embroidering it with reasonless vulgarities of attitude, gesture and attire. There never was an impostor so hateful, a blockhead so stupid, a crank so variously and offensively daft. More...

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