Fri, 14 October 2016
A lost traveler discovers a desolate, deserted house in the middle of nowhere. What mysteries haunt the large, abandoned building, and why does it suddenly burst into flames? Vincent O’Sullivan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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The author of today’s tale, Vincent O’Sullivan, is most likely unfamiliar to you, though he attended Oxford and moved in opulent literary circles. He was born to a wealthy family in New York City, and moved to England to complete his education. He was beginning to create a name for himself as a significant writer of supernatural fiction, and was a member of the Aesthetic Movement, a progressive literary circle composed of many literary luminaries among which was one Oscar Wilde. O’Sullivan used his fortune to help friends, most notably Wilde after his release from prison. His means were eventually completely dissipated. There was a strong negative response to O’Sullivan’s aiding Wilde in his need, resulting in a largely closed market for O’Sullivan’s writings. He was reduced to dire poverty late in life, and died in a pauper’s ward in Paris in 1940.
Of his friend, Oscar Wilde wrote that he is, “really very pleasant, for one who treats life from the standpoint of the tomb.”
And now, The Burned House, by Vincent O’Sullivan