Wilde and his books

Thomas Wright has recently published Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde (Henry Holt), in which he examines Wilde’s reading habits, along with as many of the actual volumes Wilde read, in relation to his habits of mind and life. Apparently Wilde marked his books heavily, dog-earing pages, inserting flowers, etc. David Propson in the WSJ calls Wright’s book a “narrative bibliography” which strikes me as a promising genre. I don’t know how well it has been executed here, but I’ll be interested to see.

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