James,Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture”-book by Michele Mendelssohn

In this review by Mark Fisher ,one gets know,if it is true, that Oscar Wilde’s genius is that of a clever plagiarist .He borrows heavily from the contemporary as well as the classical authors including Shakespeare,John Donne,Lord Byron,William Morris and “sixty more” His famous witticisms are a part of his borrowed wisdom ,that is what the author says.”I have nothing to hide except my genius” is the declaration he had made to the New York Customs.Perhaps he had to hide it in order not to appear to have stolen it from others.

http://living.scotsman.com/books.cfm?id=1648862007

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