My introduction to Oscar Wilde was in the form of two animated short films - "The Selfish Giant" and "The Happy Prince". Growing up in rural Alberta, we only had three tv channels and one of them was French, which is why I am astounded that I had the opportunity to see them at all. I can't recall when exactly, but I do know that I watched them every year around the same time. Something tells me it was during the holiday season, but I could be mistaken.
At any rate, both films entranced me. Although I could recite the narration by heart, I was still brought to tears every single time.
Later, I saw an adaptation of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and once again found myself drawn in. What is it about Oscar Wilde's work that has not only survived, but continued to thrive over 100 years later? What is it about the man that intrigues and delights us so?
No literary tour of Dublin would be considered complete without including Oscar Wilde. I was giddy as a school girl (funny how he still has that effect on people, wouldn't he be thrilled?). Not only did I see (and touch!) the statue, but I also stood in front of his residence, which is located directly across the street.
I also had the opportunity to visit Trinity College, Dublin - where Oscar Wilde (among others) studied. I'll tell you all about it later. In the meantime, thanks to YouTube, you can watch "The Selfish Giant" here:
and "The Happy Prince" here: