Perhaps we shouldn't be quite so wild about Oscar
Oscar Wilde was a self-pitying pederast with a slight literary output, yet we worship him
Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30
This month marks the 116th anniversary of Oscar Wilde's death and he looms as large over the cultural landscape as he ever did.
Colm Toibin and Patti Smith were amongst those who recently read from Wilde's works in Reading Gaol itself. In The Irish Times, Fintan O'Toole wrote last week of the "trauma tourism" that brought the less-literary minded crowds to the cell that once housed the playwright. The New Statesman last month played up the idea of Wilde as gay Jesus - its writer saw in the flowers now laid out in Wilde's old cell a metaphor for the modern victories of LGBT rights.
Wilde is probably the most accessible and popular figure in our literary pantheon. He's a tourist attraction, a saint, and an endless font of quips. If he were alive today we could doubtless add 'chat show wag' to the list.