Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Oscar Wilde according to Dorothy Parker

Oscar Wilde Bookplate, 1987,  linocut

Here is one from the vault. Pictured above is of my early bookplates, which incorporates a short verse by the venerable Oscar Wilde. A poet, prose writer and playwright par excellence, he was also a celebrated wit, as was once observed by Dorothy Parker, herself no slouch in that department:

Oscar Wilde

If, with the literate I am
Impelled to write an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit
We all assume that Oscar said it.

From The Portable Dorothy Parker, Penguin Classics, Deluxe Edition (paperback) 2006. Original edition first published in 1944.