Declaring His Genius by Roy Morris Jr.
Oscar Wilde in North America

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The cover of the book is sunflower yellow. The endpapers are as orange as Flaming June. The pages are glossy and ordered. But the text fails to live up to them. It has nothing to declare.
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Arriving at the port of New York in 1882, a 27-year-old Oscar Wilde quipped he had “nothing to declare but my genius.” But as this sparkling narrative reveals, Wilde was, rarely for him, underselling himself. A chronicle of his sensational eleven-month speaking tour of America, Declaring His Genius offers an indelible portrait of both Oscar Wilde and the Gilded Age. Neither Wilde nor America would ever be the same.
 

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Roy Morris Jr. is a writer, and the editor of Military Heritage magazine
 
Published January 7, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 264 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Matthew Sweet on Feb 15 2013

The cover of the book is sunflower yellow. The endpapers are as orange as Flaming June. The pages are glossy and ordered. But the text fails to live up to them. It has nothing to declare.

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Reviewed by Martin Riker on Jan 24 2013

Wilde wanted to tell the American people about beauty, and he did so with a degree of wit and intelligence that disarmed many natives who expected, as they had been led to, an operatic buffoon.

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