Interview with Oscar Wilde

December 23, 2014

On occasion of Christmas holidays, we have decided not to disturb famous novelists to be interviewed, but we have decided to do much more: to invite a famous novelist from the hereafter to the earth in order to speak about himself. This famous writer died in 1900 and obviously the interview comes only from our imagination, but trough a careful scrutiny of the works and the life of this writer, we managed to imagine how he could reply to our questions. As usual, the answers also contain important tips and advice for aspiring and new authors. Ladies and Gentleman here is for you a fantastic interview with Oscar Wilde, the famous Irish poet and writer.

 

Advicesbooks: Dear Oscar, you have been in the hereafter since 1900. How is life after death?

Oscar: Life is always eternal and wonderful. The hereafter is a place with non space and time, an evanescent place suitable to create and reflect. Naturally, I don’t mean that one must be dead to create, I am only replying to your question. A perfect writer must, instead, make his pride and lust for glory and fame die early. The real success is always humble and sensitive.

Advicesbooks: Your answer is perfect, indeed you were with no money, or rather destitute, at the age of your death (46).

Oscar: Now, I would like to talk about writing, please, and not only about my death!

Advicesbooks: I apologize for this, Mr. Wilde, you are absolutely right! And hence, what is for you writing?

Oscar: Writing is life for me, it is my life and my real personality and identity. When I write it is like to breath fresh air and pure oxygen.

Advicesbooks: But the air you breathed in the late Victorian reign was not so fresh and pure.

Oscar: The Victorian age was a hypocritical period for those who loved being themselves.

Advicesbooks: Can we say you were the first famous writer who revealed his real sexual orientation?

Oscar: Yes, I was nearly the first to make a sincere revelation about myself!

Advicesbooks: Because of your being a homosexual, you were imprisoned!

Oscar: For me the truth is more important than freedom!

Advicesbooks: You were also blamed to have opened the season of Aestheticism, a movement and a sort of ideology who emphasize the value of exteriority over art and literature!

Oscar: This critique is not properly like this! Aestheticism or Aesthetic Movement may be considered as a literary style, or rather, a literary genre. I used this ideology to enrich my plays.

Advicesbooks: About your works, today you are remembered and praised for the play The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray. In the first you created a fun play about gender disguising and sexual preferences, in the second you described the decadence of a rich aristocratic guy lived in London at the age of Queen Victoria. What do you like more?

Oscar: I love writing and I have no preferences. In every work I write to tell what I am thinking in that moment. Dorian Gray is my most successful, surely, because I described the topic of pleasure from the side of final punishment! And this point of view was particularly loved in my time!

Advicesbooks: Today the creative writing world is characterized by many competitors. Is it easier to be successful today or in your epoch?

Oscar: Every epoch has its own difficulties. Yesterday there were hypocrisy and prejudice and today an excessive technology, which doesn’t’ allow to the real talent of being well highlighted!

Advicesbooks: You are also very famous for your witty and biting aphorisms. Could you quote one of them?

Oscar: I chose one of it about writing. “Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”

Advicesbooks: Thank you very much Mr. Oscar Wilde and Merry Christmas!

Oscar: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all readers of Advicesbooks. I also invite your readers to enjoy and share this interview but also to read my books. Thank you very much again by Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde.

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