Interviewer: "Would you say that your bid to shock the middle classes began with the writing of your first full-length novel The Picture of Dorian Gray?"
Oscar Wilde: "Well, that was how it was later perceived—the book became an instant succès de scandale. I was even accused by one critic of writing for 'outlawed noblemen and perverted telegraph boys.' I was delighted to have been attacked so roundly; praise makes me humble, but when I'm abused, I know I have touched the stars."
Presented as a comfortable chat between Wilde and a time-traveling interviewer, this compact little book imagines what it would be like to spend and hour or two with the great Victorian playwright, author, and wit over a cup of tea or coffee. The entertaining conversation is purely fictional, yet solidly based on biographical facts.