Oscar Wilde Personal Library – The Shaping of a Mind

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Personal Library – The Shaping of a Mind Although we  are celebrating Banned Books Week September 21−27, 2014, I have decided that I would present Oscar Wilde's personal library because his play Salome was banned and he had to remove parts of his book, The Picture of Dorian Gray because it was considered homoerotic and suggestive. Over 120 years later, Harvard University Press published the original text of The Picture of Dorian Gray. I think the version of the book I read is probably the version where chunks of the story were removed. If you have not read The Picture of Dorian Gray, read The Picture of Dorian Gray (The … [Read more...]

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde is not a book, but a short story. In the mornings when I am practicing my speed reading drills using bookmarklets, I have been doing so with short stories that I find on the American Literature website. I have found and read some excellent short stories on this site. Please also read my review of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost. I found The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde very touching. Oscar Wilde wrote an amazing start for this story, “Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the … [Read more...]

The Invisible Mentor Week in Review

This is what we talked about on The Invisible Mentor Blog this week: The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, Wisdom of Life Profile: St. Teresa of Avila, Founder of the Discalced Carmelite Order of Roman Catholic Nuns, and Dan Elash, Principal, Syntient. Adventures in Learning We are coming to the end of the first quarter of 2012, are you on track in accomplishing your goals? What adjustments do you have to make to your goals? Are all your goals still relevant? What obstacles are standing in your way and how can you remove them? Are You on Track for the First Quarter of 2012?  Booked for Mentoring The Canterville Ghost is … [Read more...]

Book Review – The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Book Review – The Canterville Ghost By Oscar Wilde The Canterville Ghost is a short story by Oscar Wilde. Like many works of literature, the story first appeared in a magazine, The Court and Society Review in February 1887. When the story starts, the American minister, Mr Hiram B. Otis has purchased Canterville Chase, an English country house. Otis is warned by Lord Canterville that the house is haunted, but he doesn’t believe in ghosts. The Otis family consists of husband and wife, their eldest son, Washington, daughter Virginia and twin sons. Shortly after the Otis family arrives at their new country estate, they notice a spot on … [Read more...]

2011 Books for Mentoring

Reading gives me great pleasure, so I spend a lot of time indulging myself. I also find that I am mentored by the books that I read, even novels, and books often shape my thinking. I try to read many different genres in a quest to be more creative in my thinking. I recently discovered that the books that I read were not as diverse as I thought, if you look at where the authors originate from. Below is a list of some of the books that I have enjoyed this year, how many on the list have you read? This is a sampling because I have read over 150 books since the start of 2011. If I have reviewed the book, I have included the link to the review. … [Read more...]