Sunday, 20 March 2016

Be as strange as you want to be: and that's all right

Be as strange as you want to be: and that's all right.
"Hare pinpoints two pivotal moments in the Wilde tragedy. The first is at the Cadogan Hotel in 1895 when Wilde, after the collapse of the action against Lord Queensberry, rejects the option of flight to await inevitable arrest. The second is at Naples in 1897 when Wilde, after his release from jail, fatally resumes his relationship with Bosie, ensuring both ostracism and penury. The key question in both cases is what prompted an act of self-destruction. Hare's answer is not that different from Ellmann's in his classic biography: that Wilde was both the spectator of his own tragedy and determined not to yield to the pressures of a hypocritical society. But, in the infinitely more fascinating second half, Hare implies that Wilde, while seeing through Bosie's potential for betrayal, was hypnotised both by the illusory nature of life and the prospect of martyrdom. It is a pervasive reading and shows Hare, like all writers, creating his own Wilde; a romantic individualist consciously turning his life into a work of art."

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