Wilde’s Life Under Glass

Courtesy of, The Peirpont Morgan Library, 2001.

By Irish America Staff
October / November 2001

The beautiful Morgan Library in New York puts the Irish master of wit and self-proclaimed ‘lord of language’ under a glass box this September. “Oscar Wilde: A Life in Six Acts” will display articles of Wilde’s spectacular life. The Morgan gathered photographs, annotated school books, manuscripts, love letters, and personal items from its own collection as well as the British Library’s and the private archives of Wilde’s family and friends. Visitors will watch Oscar Wilde’s career rocket from his Irish childhood to international stardom. They will also see it all fall apart with his trial and imprisonment for “gross indecency.” From talk of the town to burial in a pauper’s cemetery, this voyage into the Wilde never before seen in a moving exhibit. We have nothing to declare but its genius. ♦ 

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