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Posts Tagged ‘Oscar Wilde’

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The Picture of Dorian Grey Poupon

twitterlogo2323.jpgCurtis Brown literary agent Jonny Geller created the book product placement hashtag today, polluting classic novels with brand names. Here is our contribution to the genre: “The Picture of Dorian Grey Poupon.”

What product will you add to a book title? Follow this link to read a free copy of Oscar Wilde‘s The Picture of Dorian Gray without ads. Oddly enough, with public domain eBooks you can actually make a quick eBook loaded with product placement.

In the initial tweet, Geller added a British supermarket chain to the famous first line of Daphne du Maurier‘s novel, Rebecca. He wrote: “Last night I dreamt of Morrisons.” We’ve collected some of our favorites below…

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Jersey Shore Meets Oscar Wilde

Tired of reading about Jersey Shore book deals? Literature has finally struck back.

In the video embedded above, two stars of an Oscar Wilde play on Broadway launched a video series–reading Jersey Shore dialogue in the style of Wilde’s play.

Here’s more about the video: “What if the characters of Broadway’s The Importance of Being Earnest traveled through a time warp and woke up on the beach with Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the gang of MTV’s Jersey Shore? In an exclusive video series created for Playbill by ‘Earnest’ stars Santino Fontana and David Furr, the Roundabout Theatre Company cast puts ‘Jersey’ in the mouths of Oscar Wilde’s famed Britons. Think of it as a comedy of bad manners.” (Via)

Oscar Wilde & Ahmad Shawqi Honored by Google Doodle


The Google Doodle team honored two writers in select countries last Friday. Oscar Wilde received a mysterious Dorian Gray-style doodle in honor of his 156th birthday. The Google team incorporated Arabic script into the logo to honor the birthday of poet Ahmad Shawqi (both embedded above, via).

Wilde’s most notable works include The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray. To this day, he is widely considered to be iconic in the gay community. He passed away at age 40 in 1900 from cerebral meningitis.

Shawqi was known primarily as a poet. He was particularly known in the Arabic literature community for being the first to write poetic plays. The play which gave him the most fame and recognition was the tragedy, The Death of Cleopatra.

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