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Oscar Wilde: Great Lives, BBC Radio 4
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With multitudinous thanks to David Rose in Paris for bringing this to my attention. A BBC4 radio programme all about one of my favourite playwrights of all time, Oscar Wilde.

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Ballad of Reading Gaol, is proposed by Will Self, a writer once described as a 'high powered satirical weapon'.

In 1895, and at the height of his success, Wilde began libel proceedings against the Marquess of Queensberry, sparking a disastrous sequence of trials, prison, exile and disgrace. A century later Oscar Wilde is often listed as one of the wittiest Britons who ever lived, but this was a life that ended in tragedy and early death.

Joining Will Self and Matthew Parris in the studio is Franny Moyle, author of a biography of Oscar Wilde's wife, Constance, an often overlooked character in Wilde's life. The programme features actor Simon Russell Beale's reading of De Profundis - From The Depths.

You can catch it on the BBC iPlayer here (and it looks to me as though it is not going to be taken off the iPlayer - hooray!):
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Thanks for this. Have just listened to the programme and must say that I'm now wanting to read Will Self's modern take on the Dorian Gray story, Dorian: An Imitiation. :-)


I listened to this over the weekend and I loved it. I also want to read "Dorian". But you of all people know how far behind I am with my reading.

So please feel free to buy the book, read the book, and post a review of it directly onto here. I am 100% sure you will start and finish the book a long time before me!

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