"My mother, who's an assistant librarian, introduced me to his writing when I was eight. She insisted I read him and I mmediately became obsessed. I liked the simplicity of the way he wrote. He had a life that was really tragic and it's curious that was was so witty."
"Oscar Wilde and James Dean were the only two companions I had as a
distraught teenager. Every line that Wilde ever wrote affected me so
"It's a total disadvantage to care about Oscar Wilde, certainly when you
come from a working-class background. It's total self-destruction,
"As I blundered through my late teens, i was quite isolated and Oscar
Wilde meant much more to me. In a way he became a companion. If that
sounds pitiful, that was the way it was."
"As I became a Smith, I used flowers because Oscar Wilde always used
"As I get older the adoration increases. I''m never without him. It's
almost biblical. It's like carrying your rosary around with you."
"He was a hideously fat person so I'm sure he indulged in meat quite
often; but he is forgiven."