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The Faun of Rome: A Romance

by Oscar Wilde, edited by Nate Maturin

Nate Maturin, Author

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Letter 10: Tafani to Wilde, 11 May 1877

11th May, 1877

Jesus College, Oxford

Dearest Oscar,

You asked me to write of petty triumphs. I am afraid that, so far, there have been none. Oh, it is proving a dull old term! You would be tired of it already. Perhaps your fine mind is safer there in Dublin than it would be here.

What news, then, if no triumphs? My set of translations of those fine sonnets which we together admired is almost complete. It may be a struggle to publish them in toto, but better for them to languish together than be divided up amongst small papers and journals. They are better read together. Their atmosphere develops through the subtle repetitions of rhymes and images, which can only be appreciated in a collection. {If they must be read all together, I worry for their individual merit!}

A prospective new Demy has visited the College. He is an Irishman, like yourself, but from nearer my part of that fair Isle than yours. He was at Eton, but retains his native accents, at least when in accepting company. He is likely to attend, and so you may meet him in the autumn. You will like him immensely. He knows already of your renowned ‘at homes’ in halls, and he dresses in secondary colours of which I believe you will approve. {Who is this? Ask Puss}

At least the spring here is fine, although I would of course rather be fishing with you.



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