Young King Vargas
The Young King and Other Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Sandro Nardini and Enrico Bagnoli, introduced by John Updike (New York: Macmillan, 1962)
Vargas by Alberto Vargas and Reid Austin, foreword by Hugh Hefner (New York: Harmony Books, 1978)
The Nineteenth Century: The Contradictions of Progress, texts by Asa Briggs, John Roberts, James Joll, F. Bedarida, F.M.L. Thompson, John Rohl, Brian Bond, A.P. Thornton, Marcus Cunliffe, Hugh Seton-Watson, edited by Asa Briggs (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1970)
"Is this too strange? Or have you, in fact, always known it to be true?" (v)
"And as he slept he dreamed a dream, and this was his dream." (4)
When I saw the title The Young King I knew this could be something good.
The young King would need a mate for play, a girl for this boy.
And what better girl than a Vargas girl, the girl, eventually, of Playboy?
Oscar Wilde wrote the story,
but it needed something.
What a varlet!