Author John Vanderslice in conversation with Rachael Gilkey, Director of Programming and Education at Irish Arts Center
Brooklyn Social Media invites you to Oscar Wilde at Oscar Wilde: Libations and Literature in the Temptation Room, the New York Book Launch of The Last Days of Oscar Wilde by John Vanderslice. The festive evening in the Temptation Room at Oscar Wilde NYC will include hors d'oeuvres (many vegetarian), a drink, and a copy of the book, for an all-inclusive $60.
About The Last Days of Oscar Wilde (Burlesque Press, January 15, 2018)
How is it possible that the genius author of such 19th century classics as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest died destitute in Paris at the age of 46? In John Vanderslice’s vivid and heartbreaking novel, we meet Oscar Wilde after a two-year incarceration in an English prison for gross indecency. Once free, his reputation and finances in ruins, he leaves England for Paris where, frequently inebriated, he stays in shabby hotel rooms paid for by his few, remaining friends. In Vanderslice’s deftly-imagined portrayal, Wilde’s idiosyncratic and affecting greatness is revealed. Through his thoughts and interactions, we experience the heart and mind of a literary giant brought down by the “morals” of his time.
John Vanderslice is the author of Island Fog (Lavender Ink), a collection of ten stories and two novellas set on Nantucket Island, named by Library Journal as one of the Top 15 Indie Fiction titles of 2014. A native of the Washington DC area, John has an MFA from George Mason University and a PhD from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL). After graduating from ULL in 1997, he began teaching at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), where he is a much loved professor of writing. His fiction has been published in many leading journals, as well as several anthologies, including Chick for a Day and The Best of The First Line.