Oxford Anecdotes: ‘Oscar & Me’ (Free of Charge)

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This is JD Morgan’s personal homage to his lifelong influential ‘shadow’, the great Irish playwright, poet and wit, Oscar Wilde. The author seeks to offer a unique insight into his ‘birthday twin’, and how the ‘Importance of Being Oscar’ has affected his life, as it tracks his progress from early childhood, through privileged student days at Oxford, followed by frequent visits to London’s West End and, ultimately, an emotional pilgrimage to the great writer’s tomb on the outskirts of Paris. (1,100 words)


‘The Beginning of a Life-Long Reverence?’ Summarise using no more than 1200 words (sans quotations).

‘Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde! Even the name commands respect, and, if not respect, then enquiry’.

I realise now that my childhood was severely limited by only being privy to hearing the occasional Wildean quote on television, such as, ‘The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable’, ‘I can resist everything except temptation’ and ‘To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance’. Sadly, ours was not a household where books were readily available, literature discussed, nor great debates held. So, even to the ears of a young boy who only read The Beano – and, even then, only looking at the illustrations – funny, insightful and clever quotations that required deeper thinking either passed me by or remained for a fleeting second and then departed just as rapidly! But, little did I know that, for some inexplicable reason, slowly, but surely, Oscar Wilde’s witticisms would gradually begin to claim squatter’s rights inside my subconscious mind – clearly  oblivious to the shenanigans of Dennis The Menace, Roger The Dodger and the notorious The Bash Street Kids – all of whom must have been making a heck of a noise, very close to where Oscar was trying to make himself heard!

3 reviews for Oxford Anecdotes: ‘Oscar & Me’ (Free of Charge)

  1. Susan Shayler

    This tale is beautifully told and a wonderful glimpse into jdmorgan’s life.
    I was either chuckling quietly or laughing loudly as I read about the growing pains from childhood to Oxford. Prepare to be entertained.

  2. Jackie Bradshaw

    Fresh, vivid descriptions bring ‘Oscar and Me’, to life, so much so that every scene can be visualised clearly. I’ve read this numerous times and it still has the ability to make me smile.

  3. Krystyna

    A beautiful story of an extraordinary literary friendship. Fascinating, cognitive, touching and inspiring.

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