The Importance of Being Honest
Green Bag, Vol. 8, No. 2, p. 163, Winter 2005
8 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2005
Long before Bill Clinton ever lied about sex, another out-sized personality made the same mistake on the witness stand, attempting to fool the court, the public, and his own attorney about his illicit liaisons. In 1895, Oscar Wilde was perhaps the most celebrated literary figure in England. A famed poet, playwright, novelist, and belle lettrist, he led an aesthetic revolution against the stifling proprieties of the Victorian era, championing a new freedom in artistic expression.
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