Celebrated for his innovative wit, Oscar Wilde and the notion of originality are common bedfellows. The pairing, however, is not without its complications. Joseph Bristow and Rebecca N. Mitchell explore the claims of plagiarism that dogged Wilde’s career, particularly as regards his relationship with that other great figure of late-19th-century Decadence, the American painter James McNeill Whistler.
n January 8, 1882, Henry James, visiting Washington from his home in London, wrote this in a letter to a friend in Britain:
James Connaughton interviews Antony Edmonds about his new book, ‘Oscar Wilde’s Scandalous Summer: The 1894 Worthing Holiday and the Aftermath’.
Oscar Wilde’s career as a writer was destroyed by the most scandalous court case of the Victorian age. A new play reconstructs parts of the trials, drawing on full transcripts for the first time. The co-author is Wilde’s grandson, who hopes to shed new light on the case’s unique mixture of the flamboyant and the forensic.
An edition of The Importance of Being Earnest personally inscribed by Oscar Wilde to the prison governor who the playwright said did him "a great and noble kindness" in allowing him access to reading and writing materials will be auctioned for thousands of pounds this summer.
The saying “be careful what you wish for” has arguably never been more apt in literature than it is in this classic novel. When the young Victorian heartthrob Dorian Gray is influenced by Lord Henry Wotton’s warning that he only has “a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully” due to the transiency of his youthful beauty, he wishes for his portrait to change with time instead.