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I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation

Extent: 192 pages

Size: 198x129mm

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Price: £9.99

ISBN: 9781843175193

Categories: Humour

About the Book

I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation is a celebration of the virtuoso of well-turned phrases and the master of the studied insult – Oscar Wilde. Indeed, so perfect were Wilde's verbal thrusts that his victims were often flattered to have been the cause of them. His needle-sharp rejoinders were repeated with delight – not least by Wilde himself, who took an artist's pride in his work. Yet for all that, his jibes were rarely cruel, for behind them lay great warmth of character, generosity of spirit, and a profound understanding of human life and its vanities. This book shows us why, more than a hundred years after his death, people of every age and from all walks of life are still drawn to Wilde's dazzling repartee and the wicked brilliance of his social observations, while his plays and stories continue to entertain and enthral succeeding generations.

Publication Date: 04/04/2011

Price: £3.99

ISBN: 9781843176879

Categories: Humour

About the Book

About the Author

Maria Leach has compiled and edited books on a wide range of subjects, including The Wicked Wit of Insults for Michael O'Mara Books.


  • 'An elegant collection of Wilde's finest witticisms ... features hundreds of acerbic and razor-sharp quotations from the iconic writer, gathered according to themes', Irish World
  • 'Marvel at Wilde's finest witticisms, aphorisms, paradoxes and ironic remarks in this accessible and elegantly organized collection', Mature Times