Oscar Wilde Revalued
An Essay on New Materials and Methods of Research
Publication Year: 1993
Published by: ELT Press
This review of research on Wilde had its origins some time ago. It was initially commissioned by the Modern Language Association of America as part of a projected review of research on Anglo-Irish literature; the original material was read by Katharine Worth and John Stokes...
The author is grateful to the following copyright holders for permission to print manuscript material: Mrs. Imogen Dennis and Ms. Helen Guglielmini; Mr. Merlin Holland; the Early of Lytton; Ms. Jennifer Gosse; Random House UK Limited...
1 The Myth of Wilde
SINCE 1900 Oscar Wilde has been the subject of some 13,000 articles or books of one kind or another. Or at least so E. H. Mikhail estimated in his 1978 bibliography. Clearly few writers have achieved the distinction of having had so much ink spilled on their behalf. By the same token...
2 Biography Reconsidered
AREGRETTABLE but unfortunately correct claim made by Wendell Harris (1973) and later by Ian Fletcher and John Stokes (1976) was that all biographies of Wilde had been characterized by their inaccuracy. Fletcher and Stokes, for example...
3 Prologue to the Letters
UNTIL very recently virtually the only area of study where Wilde had been at all adequately served was in his letters. Sir Rupert Hart-Davis produced his excellent and knowledgeable edition of The Letters of Oscar Wilde in 1962. Its collection of over a thousand items supplemented...
EDITORS and critics alike have been aware for some time of the complexity of Wilde's compositional practices. From the early 1880s onwards his extensive borrowing has been frequently noted, initially and most famously perhaps...
5 Literary Histories
AS I indicated in the first chapter, Wilde's changing fortunes at the hands of literary historians is a fascinating topic in itself. One way of making sense of the recent revaluation of Wilde is to trace its origins to larger changes in...
6 Major Critical Studies
WILDE'S treatment at the hands of literary critics maps very precisely on to the changes in literary history which the previous section, Literary Histories, documented. Broadly speaking, up to the Second World War critical studies of Wilde did nothing to redefine his place in literary history. The bibliographical...
7 General Critical Studies
WILLIAM Tydeman (1982) anthologizes some contemporary reviews of the plays and some of the major critical essays written since in Macmillan's Casebook series. The contemporary accounts include reviews by William Archer; the critical accounts range from essays by Max Beerbohm and...
THERE is no satisfactory complete edition of Wilde. The only editions which have approached completeness are Robert Ross's beautifully produced 1908 edition (now a collector's item) and G. F. Maine's 1948 single volume Works, published by Collins and subsequently reprinted, with a...
THE first significant, and until recently the main, bibliography of Wilde was Stuart Mason (Christopher Millard), A Bibliography of Oscar Wilde (1914). While still containing a mine of useful information, it should be treated with...
10 General Bibliography
APPENDIX 3: Letters of Dubious Authority
Index of Names
Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 1993
OCLC Number: 623767714
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