A Wilde Time at the Joslyn Castle
July 18th, 2012
Omaha, NE – â€œA peacock of uncommon brilliance.â€ Oscar Wilde continues to illuminate the Joslyn Castle this month.
Oscar Wilde is one of the most colorful and fascinating characters in literary history. An English writer of the late 19th century, Wilde is equally remembered for sharp his wit and lively flamboyance.
â€œOscar Wilde wrote some absolutely beautiful poetry, plays, novels, many of which I would call timeless pieces of literature,â€ said Mark Maser, Development and Marketing Director for the Joslyn Castle. â€œHe was an interesting, fascinating, witty person on his own. Even if he hadnâ€™t created a large body of very quotable work, people would have found him fascinating as well.â€
Some of Wildeâ€™s writings include the oft-adapted play, The Importance of Being Earnest and the popular novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. But Wilde is also remembered for the tragedy of his personal life. An openly gay man, Wilde was accused of gross indecency for his sexual relationships and went to trial in a high-drama affair.
â€œIt was just scandalous,â€ Maser said. â€œPeople talked about it. I mean, people talked about him anyway because he was interesting. But then he started this dark descent.â€
â€œHe was imprisoned; everything was on the front page of the papers,â€ Maser said. â€œIt was the trial of the century.â€
Throughout the month of July, the Joslyn Castle will present A Wilde Time at the Castle, a series of events related to Wilde and his legacy. On July 23rd, Opera Omaha will partner with the Joslyn Castle to present selections from Gilbert and Sullivanâ€™s Patience. A central character in the opera is reputedly based on Oscar Wilde.
On July 21, Maser said the Joslyn Castle will present â€œWilde Fashion â€“ Then and Nowâ€ at 7pm. Maser said the event will include a fashion show examining Wildeâ€™s influence in period and current fashion trends.
â€œNot only was he witty, but he was fashionable,â€ Maser said. â€œHe was a trendsetter.â€
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