ONLINE CLASS: Oscar Wilde: The Wit, Works, and Woes (2118)

Five Fridays: February 26, March, 5, 12, 19, 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

$135.00 (10% off for members)

This class will examine the wit, works, and woes of Oscar Wilde. Oscar said that he put his talent into his writings and his genius into his life, but he ended up in jail for two years for “gross indecency” and died a broken man. He has become one of the most revered gay pioneers, icons, and martyrs.

Wilde’s works of genius and talent have outlasted his life by over a century. We still enjoy his witty plays, such as The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Salome; his provocative novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; his prison memoir and love letter full of recriminations, De Profundis; poems such as "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"; and children’s stories such as “The Selfish Giant” and “The Happy Prince.” This course will feature some movie scenes from his dramas.

Wilde was born from fascinating parents in Dublin. He excelled at Trinity College Dublin and at Oxford. He toured the USA in 1882 before he had any great achievements but was a modern celebrity in that he was famous for being famous. He read in a silver mine in Colorado and lectured on Irish poetry in San Francisco.  He met Henry James in Washington, DC, and Jeff Davis on the Mississippi coast. While he had two hit plays in the West End, his three trials led to two years in jail. Five Fridays: February 26, March, 5, 12, 19, 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Online Class.

Required Text:

The Portable Oscar Wilde, Ed. Richard Aldington and Stanley Weintraub. Viking Portable Library/Penguin, Paperback. 1980.  (9780140150933)

Christopher Griffin studied literature at Trinity College (like Oscar Wilde) and University College in Dublin and in US colleges. He taught humanities for 28 years at Strayer University, Irish literature at George Washington University for eight years, and classes on various topics (including Joyce’s fiction) at Politics and Prose for over 25 years. He was a study leader on 18 Smithsonian Journeys and and has lectured at Smithsonian Associates.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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The Portable Oscar Wilde: Revised Edition (Portable Library) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Stanley Weintraub (Editor), Richard Aldington (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140150933
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 30th, 1981