I studied Oscar Wilde plays for my A Levels (age 17/18). We were given two plays to work with, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Lady Windermere’s Fan. Given I was also studying John Donne, the plays were a welcome relief.
See, I understood and appreciated the dry sense of humor, the wittiness that dripped from nearly every word, and the stories just made me laugh.
Both of the plays rely on misunderstanding and humor, to the point where you can see the end coming before you get there. But, that doesn’t matter, because Wilde’s language is entirely sublime (I never thought I’d ever use that word in a blog post!).
The blatant misunderstanding is overused now, and when I read it I just want the two men to talk! I try not to fall back on that in my writing, but I know that is Winter Cowboy some readers wanted my guys to talk more. As a writer I could see how they wouldn’t be able to talk – they were both damaged in so many ways. It’s an exciting problem to have as both reader and writer.
Oscar Wilde wrote some of the best quotes ever, snide commentary on the age he lived in, but the one I love the most is the one on the right.
Wilde’s quote for The Sinner and the Saint
I found an Oscar Wilde Quote that I love for my newest release, ‘The Sinner and the Saint’.
Even though this is book 8 in my Ellery Mountain series, it can be read as a standalone.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. (Oscar Wilde)
This is never so clearly demonstrated in the difference between Ben and Nick, one a soldier who returns a hero, one an actor who has broken society’s rules.
A sinner can make things right, but a saint isn’t always what he seems.
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