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Oscar Wilde

October 16
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
                                            -- Oscar Wilde
 
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde
October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900
Born in Dublin, Ireland
Died in Paris, France of cerebral meningitis at age 46
 
Oscar's room is the quintessential writer's garret: cramped and close, but economical and almost always booked.  There is an egress to the roof, which one might call a deck; and a trundle under the single bed which (when pulled out) eliminates all other floor space in the room.  However, I have observed happy couples (yes, TWO people) leave the room smiling after a multiple-day stay.  Perhaps the considerable charm of the author is sufficient to overcome the confines of the chamber for the majority of guests.
 
My Journal Entry:  Happy Birthday, Oscar !!  So many quips of your are my "favorites", but his has to be at the top. [See quote above.]  I told my friends I was coming to the Sylvia Beach Hotel to sleep with Oscar Wilde to celebrate his birthday.  I know you were persecuted for "playing with the other team" but I also knew the conversation would be scintillating !  I appreciate the quotes that have been framed and hung about the room, but I do wish the proprietors had also included your comment on your quarters at the Hotel d'Alsace, on Paris's Left Bank, where you spent your last months:  "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death.  One or the other of us has to go."  Finally, I hope you like the photo in the heavy black frame.  It's my favorite portrait of you--so handsome, so charismatic.  It's my birthday gift to your room.  Oh, and one last thing.  I just came across another quote of yours that has, at many times, and particularly now, seemed a benedictions on my peculiar journey: 
"One should always be a little improbable." 
Thank you for your gifts, Oscar.  Love, Kelly
 
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Kelly Paige,
Apr 22, 2013, 11:30 PM
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