A Wilde Time at the Joslyn Castle


July 18th, 2012

Omaha, NE – “A peacock of uncommon brilliance.” Oscar Wilde continues to illuminate the Joslyn Castle this month.

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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.

“Oscar Wilde wrote some absolutely beautiful poetry, plays, novels, many of which I would call timeless pieces of literature,” said Mark Maser, Development and Marketing Director for the Joslyn Castle. “He was an interesting, fascinating, witty person on his own. Even if he hadn’t created a large body of very quotable work, people would have found him fascinating as well.”

“A Wilde Time at the Castle” celebrates the legacy of Oscar Wilde throughout July.

Some of Wilde’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.

“It was just scandalous,” Maser said. “People talked about it. I mean, people talked about him anyway because he was interesting. But then he started this dark descent.”

“He was imprisoned; everything was on the front page of the papers,” Maser said. “It was the trial of the century.”

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 Sullivan’s Patience. A central character in the opera is reputedly based on Oscar Wilde.

On July 21, Maser said the Joslyn Castle will present “Wilde Fashion – Then and Now” at 7pm. Maser said the event will include a fashion show examining Wilde’s influence in period and current fashion trends.

“Not only was he witty, but he was fashionable,” Maser said. “He was a trendsetter.”

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