With all his brilliancy the author of "Inten tions" only saw a mere fragment of his subject. It may be that he wilfully shut his eyes to the truth. It is more likely that he was incapable of realising the truth as a whole, and that what he wrote he wrote with absolute sincerity.
‘I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.’ Some of his quotes, too, seemingly; though I’m sure he put them in.
I heard of the commission to do the tomb of Oscar Wilde the day after it had been announced at a dinner given to Robert Ross by his friends at the Ritz. I neither knew of this dinner nor of its being made the occasion for an announcement that I was to receive the commission . . The rumour was confirmed later in the day, and I believe the secrecy with regard to me can only be explained by the fact that other sculptors knew of the commission and expected it to be given them, and the trustee for the monument, Robert Ross, was too timid to let it be known that I would be offered the work for fear of what these sculptors might do to hinder the plan. (Epstein 51)
"The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything."
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Wilde won the 1878 Newdigate Prize for his poem " Ravenna ", which reflected on his visit there the year before, and he duly read it at Encaenia .  In November 1878, he graduated with a double first in his . of Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores (Greats). Wilde wrote to a friend, "The dons are ' astonied ' beyond words – the Bad Boy doing so well in the end!"