On Oscar Wilde and Plagiarism | The Public Domain Review

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.

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Oscar Wilde’s gift to governor who let him read in Reading gaol up for auction | Books | theguardian.com

'A great and noble kindness' … Oscar Wilde in 1893. Photograph: Roger Viollet/Getty Images

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.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – review | Children’s books | theguardian.com

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.

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