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THE CULTURE OF SECRECY: BRITAIN 1832-1998 BY DAVID VINCENT, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, pounds 25

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Notebook: Raise statues to people, not concepts

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Kebabs and Wilde totty

`Ah, the exquisite Richard Littlejohn,' he would murmur, `the ineffable in pursuit of the unsayable'

Focus: Resisting everything except temptation

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Letter: Oscar award

Sir: Given Tom Lubbock's views on the new sculpture to Oscar Wilde ("It's got to go", 1 December) I wonder what Wilde himself would have said about it?

The dangerous bigotry of the BBC

I was not allowed to infer that Mandelson's situation is not a million miles from Oscar Wilde's

A fitting testament to Oscar Wilde: a monumental row over gay politics

OSCAR WILDE could almost be heard chuckling from the grave yesterday. On the 98th anniversary of his death, the playwright imprisoned for his homosexuality gained a strange and belated revenge on the British Establishmen, with a cast list to die for.

It's got to go

Oscar Wilde deserved a monument fit for a hero of art, love and politics. Instead Maggi Hambling has sculpted a wilfully tacky, silly, Tussaudian tragedy

Theatre: Wilde about the boy

THE INVENTION

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