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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde : Cambridge Companions to Literature - Peter Raby

The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde

Cambridge Companions to Literature

By: Peter Raby (Editor)

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Published: 15th December 1997
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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde offers an essential introduction to one of the theater's most important and enigmatic writers. Although a general overview, the volume also offers some of the latest thinking on the dramatist and his impact on the twentieth century. Part One places Wilde's work within the cultural and historical context of his time and includes an opening essay by Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland. Part Two looks at Wilde's essential work as playwright and general writer. The third group of essays examines the themes and factors that shaped Wilde's work and includes Wilde and his view of the Victorian woman, Wilde's sexual identities, and interpreting Wilde on stage. The volume provides a detailed chronology of Wilde's work, a bibliography for further reading, and illustrations from important productions.

'The Cambridge Companion is successful in that it acts as a good guide for scholar and amateur alike to the diversity and complexity of Wilde's work and to the research currently being carried out by scholars on Wilde. Raby does a good job of balancing all the different research interests of the essayists without giving undue weight to any one view, or to any one aspect of Wilde's ouvre. This book offers an essential guide to Wilde scholarship.' The Wildean 'The Cambridge Companion (a particularly refreshing collection of essays) is certainly the first of these volumes a Wilde enthusiast will want to own. Edited by Peter Raby these 15 essays venture more deeply into the manner and more deftly into the manners of the subject than so many works of scholarly inquiry and speculation.' Los Angeles Times

List of illustrations and acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
Preface
Chronology
Context
Biography and the art of lying
Wilde and the Victorians
Wilde and the Dandyism of the senses
Wilde's Work
Wilde as poet
Wilde the journalist
Wilde as critic and theorist
Wilde's fiction(s)
Distance, death, and desire in Salome
Wilde's comedies of society
The Importance of Being Earnest
Themes and Influences
A verdict of death: Oscar Wilde, actresses, and Victorian women
'A Complex, Multiform Creature' - Wilde's sexual identities
Wilde's plays: some lines of influence
Wilde on stage
Oscar Wilde: the resurgence of lying
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521479875
ISBN-10: 0521479878
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 15th December 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.49