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Oscar Wilde from Purgatory

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Oscar Wilde from Purgatory by Hester Travers Smith is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves into the afterlife of the iconic writer Oscar Wilde. The author skillfully imagines Wilde's journey through purgatory, filled with unique characters and moral dilemmas.

Smith's writing style is elegant and evocative, bringing Wilde's wit and charm to life on the pages. The dialogue is sharp and engaging, capturing the essence of Wilde's personality. The novel is a blend of drama, humor, and introspection, making it a compelling read from beginning to end.

One of the highlights of the book is the exploration of Wilde's moral and spiritual growth in purgatory. Smith delves deep into Wilde's psyche, posing questions about redemption, forgiveness, and self-acceptance. The interactions between Wilde and the other characters in purgatory are both profound and entertaining, offering a fresh perspective on Wilde's legacy.

Overall, Oscar Wilde from Purgatory is a must-read for fans of Wilde's work and anyone interested in exploring themes of morality, redemption, and the afterlife. Smith's immersive storytelling and rich character development make this novel a memorable and rewarding literary experience.

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Hester Dowden, who wrote under the name Hester Travers Smith, was an Irish spiritualist medium. She claimed to have communicated with the spirits of various celebrities. In Oscar Wilde from Purgatory, she reproduces the text of her "conversations" with the Irish poet and playwright, conducted via a Ouija board and automatic writing. Wilde proves just as talkative after death as he was in life. His spirit revels in the complements paid to his work by Travers Smith and her colleagues, describes how it feels to exist without a body, and pronounces James Joyce's recently published novel Ulysses a "great bulk of filth". Listeners who are primarily interested in the conversations, rather than Travers Smith's lengthy discussion of them, are directed to Chapter 1 and the Appendices. - Summary by Rob Marland

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