June 06, 2014
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
These are just some of the great quotes coined by Irish writer Oscar Wilde. This month, we celebrate this prolific writer at our historic hotel in Washington, DC as our Year of the Author series continues.
Wilde is known for many of his works; perhaps the most well known is The Picture of Dorian Gray. The novel tells the story of Dorian Gray, a young man who becomes the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. The artist soon becomes infatuated with Gray, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Initially published in 1890, The Picture of Dorian Gray was criticized for the work’s more mature themes. When Wilde published a longer version as a book one year later, he played to those who critiqued his work adding in additional layers to the book’s already ambitious storyline.
If you’ve read the book, we want to hear from you! What did you think about Wilde’s novel- was it adventurous for the time period?
Why not ponder this while enjoying our Oscar Wilde cocktail in Quill made with Beefeater Gin, Martini Bianco, Sweet Vermouth, Absinthe and garnished with a Lemon Twist.