Merlin Holland
British writer
Merlin Holland
Christopher Merlin Vyvyan Holland is a biographer and editor. He is the son of the author Vyvyan Holland and his second wife, Thelma Besant, and is the only grandchild of Oscar Wilde. Although he is directly descended from Oscar Wilde, his last name is Holland because Wilde's wife, Constance, changed her children's surname to Holland, an old family name on her side to avoid shame after Wilde's trial for gross indecency, and subsequent imprisonment and fall from grace.
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The Wilde family saga - Galway Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
“There's a Youtube video of Merlin Holland, Oscar's grandson, giving a talk on Oscar in Moscow and these right-wingers stand up and disrupt the talk because they're outraged about homosexuality. “You can see on Merlin's face one part of him is not
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Watch: First Look At 'Wilde Salome' Presented By Al Pacino & His Awesome Headband - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
At once touching and deeply funny, Pacino's journey in Wilde Salome is one of passion, determination and above all, obsession. Tom Stoppard, Gore Vidal, Bono, Tony Khusner, and Oscar Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland also appear in the film
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Jerry Leiber's last lyrical masterpiece to celebrate the many sides of Oscar Wilde - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
There are so many Oscars." Stoller said that the completed Wilde songs reflect "Jerry's insight", as in Is That All There Is?, a hit in 1969 for Peggy Lee. The premiere may be as soon as next spring, in London. Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson,
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«Scarface» rivive per una notte mentre Al Pacino punta sul Lido - Il Giornale di Vicenza
Google News - over 5 years
... mondiale di un allestimento della Salome di Oscar Wilde, con Jessica Chastain nel ruolo titolare, Pacino in quello di Erode e la partecipazione di Kevin Anderson, Tom Stoppard, Gore Vidal, Bono, Tony Khusner e la nipote di Wilde, Merlin Holland
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Wilde about Paris memorial - Irish Times
Google News - over 5 years
The Government was approached about the restoration by the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris and Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson. “It has been dream to have it cleaned, restored and respected,” said Sheila Pratschke, the director of the centre
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It's all relative in 'Wilde' play - Tulsa World
Google News - almost 6 years
Earlier this year, Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson, visited Tulsa and during his time here met with the "Gross Indecency" cast and crew to talk about the play and his grandfather. "Getting to meet him was an incredible experience," Bowlin said
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INSIDE ART; The Letters of Oscar Wilde
NYTimes - about 8 years
In the preface to his only novel, ''The Picture of Dorian Gray,'' Oscar Wilde famously proclaimed that ''all art is quite useless.'' The statement seemed so intriguing to a contemporary, an Oxford University student named Bernulf Clegg, that in 1891 he wrote Wilde asking him where in his other work he ''may find developed that idea of the total
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Wilde and the Gentlemen of the Jury
NYTimes - about 13 years
THE REAL TRIAL OF OSCAR WILDE The First Uncensored Transcript of the Trial of Oscar Wilde vs. John Douglas (Marquess of Queensberry, 1895) Introduction and commentary by Merlin Holland Illustrated. 340 pages. Fourth Estate. $27.95. The man was such a celebrity that he lived in a kind of Neverland. He fancied young lads and couched his overtures to
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SPARE TIMES
NYTimes - about 14 years
EVENTS ''A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF OSCAR WILDE,'' with a weekend of activities. Tomorrow at 3 p.m., a walking tour of Gramercy Park sites associated with the writer, followed by a reception and a lecture by Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson and author of several books about him. Meets outside the Gramercy Park Hotel, Lexington Avenue and
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Displaying All Wilde's Many Sides; A London Show Moves to the Morgan Library, Continuing the Rise In the Assessment of His Multiple Talents.
NYTimes - over 15 years
At 21, Oscar Wilde, a prodigy looking forward to a prodigious career, summarized his ambition in life as ''success: fame or even notoriety.'' Twenty-five years later, as death approached, he said, ''I wrote when I did not know life, now that I do know the meaning of life, I have no more to write.'' And: ''My time is short -- my work is done -- and
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Behind the Wit, a Consummate Intellect
NYTimes - about 16 years
THE COMPLETE LETTERS OF OSCAR WILDE Edited by Merlin Holland and Rupert Hart-Davis Illustrated. 1,270 pages. Henry Holt. $45. What could be more enjoyable or more illustrative of the ways in which character is tragedy than the letters of Oscar Wilde? This definitive edition of Wilde's voluminous correspondence is timed to the 100th anniversary of
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CRITIC' NOTEBOOK; Truth Is Fine, Wit Is Divine
NYTimes - over 16 years
MORE than a century ago, an eccentrically dressed young Irishman on a lecture tour cast his image across that vast reflective surface known as the United States. And the United States, being an obliging young nation in such matters, threw his image back to him in a form even larger and more colorful than the original. Newspapers on both sides of
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Exploring the Importance of Being Oscar
NYTimes - almost 17 years
SOMETIMES the world of academia goes wild in selecting subjects for scholarly symposiums. The agendas of interdisciplinary conferences, as they are often called, can smack of pedantry and pretension. When the subject is Wilde, it has such built-in fascination -- scholarship spiced with scandal and lots of great quotes -- the surname is sufficient.
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FOOTLIGHTS
NYTimes - over 17 years
NEWS Girl Talk After arriving in New York City from Puerto Rico at 13, Esmeralda Santiago taught herself to read with books from the public library. Since then, she has woven tales of her experience into two acclaimed memoirs, ''When I Was Puerto Rican'' and ''Almost a Woman.'' Tomorrow Ms. Santiago will do a bit of soul baring on the opening
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OPERA REVIEW; Wilde With Shades Of Mahler and Strauss
NYTimes - about 18 years
When this native Wisconsinite decamped for New York three decades ago, Milwaukee remained a solidly, not to say stolidly, Germanic city, with strong representations of the cultures of Eastern Europe. It has since become a much livelier place and developed an unexpected fascination with Ireland, manifested in summer festivals on Irish themes. Now
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ON IRVING PLACE WITH/Merlin Holland; The Importance Of Being Honest
NYTimes - almost 19 years
ADOLESCENCE is a trying time. For Merlin Holland, the summer he turned 15 was particularly tempestuous. He was finally introduced to the 1895 scandal in which his paternal grandfather, the celebrated Victorian playwright and esthete Oscar Wilde, was convicted in London of gross indecency -- homosexuality -- and sentenced to two years in prison at
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Books in Brief: Nonfiction; Wilde Thing
NYTimes - almost 19 years
''Somehow or other I'll be famous,'' Oscar Wilde told a friend when he was an undergraduate at Oxford, ''and if not famous, notorious.'' He became both -- first as the deliberately outrageous exponent of estheticism, caricatured in Punch and lampooned by Gilbert and Sullivan; later as the brilliantly witty playwright whose work mocked and subverted
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Merlin Holland
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 69
    Holland's play The Trials of Oscar Wilde, co-authored with John O'Connor and re-enacting the 1895 trials of Lord Queensberry for libel and Oscar Wilde for gross indecency, toured the United Kingdom in 2014 in a production by the European Arts Company.
    More Details Hide Details He lives in Burgundy, France with his partner. Holland’s son, Lucian Holland (born 1979), Oscar Wilde's only great-grandchild, studied classics at Magdalen College, and is a computer programmer, living in London. Both were present at the unveiling of a statue commemorating their famous ancestor. Lucian was given rooms in Magdalen College which Wilde had once occupied. Notes Sources Radio play
  • 2013
    Age 68
    In July 2013, Holland gave the keynote address for a symposium on Oscar Wilde presented by The Santa Fe Opera.
    More Details Hide Details The address surveyed the popular and critical attitudes towards Wilde and his work from the end of his life to the present day. The symposium was given in conjunction with the opera company's world premiere presentations of Oscar, which was composed by Theodore Morrison from a libretto written by John Cox and the composer.
  • 2006
    Age 61
    In 2006, his book Oscar Wilde: A Life in Letters was published, and his volume Coffee with Oscar Wilde, an imagined conversation with Oscar, was released in the autumn of 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Holland also wrote A Portrait of Oscar Wilde (2008), which reveals Wilde through manuscripts and letters from the Lucia Moreira Salles collection, located at the The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 53
    In addition, Holland has also worked as a wine writer and occasionally written features for Country Life, and The Oldie. Holland briefly toyed with the idea of changing his name back to Wilde: He told The New York Times in 1998, “But if I did it, it would have to be not just for Oscar, but for his father and mother, too, for the whole family.
    More Details Hide Details It was an extraordinary family before he came along, so if I put the family name back on the map for the right reasons, then it's all right.”
  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 44
    Holland has criticized Richard Ellmann′s 1989 biography, Oscar Wilde, as inaccurate, particularly the claim of syphilis.
    More Details Hide Details According to The Guardian, Holland has also "unearthed medical evidence within private family letters, which has enabled a doctor to determine the likely cause of Constance’s demise. The letters reveal symptoms nowadays associated with multiple sclerosis but apparently wrongly diagnosed by her two doctors. One unnamed German 'nerve doctor' resorted to dubious remedies and the other Maria Bossi conducted a botched operation that days later claimed her life." Holland has also written The Wilde Album, a small volume that included hitherto unpublished photographs of Wilde. The book focuses on how the scandal caused by Wilde's trials affected his family, most notably his wife, Constance, and their children, Cyril and Vyvyan.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Age 0
    Born in 1945.
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