I’m interested in “attending” one of Wilde’s lectures. I’ve found detailed accounts of where he lectured thanks to www.oscarwildeinamerica.org but nothing else. Thanks for the help!
The short story is alive and thriving and I thought it would be interesting to make a list of the best contemporary ones—a fool's errand, of course. This list is wildly subjective and presented in no particular order. It is also biased towards American/British writers.
Victory Lap by George Saunders
St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
The Grotesques by Sarah Hall
The Irish Wedding by Elizabeth McCracken
The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado
Seams by Olga Tokarczuk
French writer, Annie Ernaux, has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory."
In the article "Whitman and Disability: an Introduction" by Don James McLaughlin and Clare Mullaney (linked below) there is a part about adding his personal writings posthumously to Leaves of Grass. This addition helps the reader better understand his life and his state of mind in his later years.
Adding to a work after the author dies is always controversial, but this article puts into perspective why it is important to keep Leaves of Grass a living document. Whitman's relationship with disability and old age can only be fully appreciated in his own words. When it comes to poets there should be respect for their state of mind and in Whitman's case, "his relationship to [disability] became both proximate and deeply personal."
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