Bibliography of Oscar Wilde Volume 1

Bibliography of Oscar Wilde Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... of Vera in America To fate f. 272 Vera; or, The Nihilists some jeering at the passion which became sentimental. The defects of the play seemed to lie in the attempt to treat a contemporaneous and historico-political theme from an ideal standpoint. The New York Mirror of August 25, 1883, gives a long account of the production, from which the following is derived: --VERA. There was a great surprise in store for the people who gathered at the Union Square Theatre on Monday night. They had come to laugh. They remained to applaud. If Oscar Wilde desired any vindication for the abuse, ridicule and contempt with which he was met on his first visit to this country, it was handsomely secured to him by the triumph of his play in the face of such adverse conditions as seldom beset an author whose purposes are serious and honest. It has been the pleasure of the newspapers and that portion of the public which revels in its ignorance and flaunts its vulgarity to assail Mr. Wilde with every manner of coarse, cheap and indecent indignity. Unable or unwilling to understand, much less to appreciate, the nobility of character that prompted him to devote his remarkable talents to the development of a taste for all that is beautiful on earth, they have misconceived his aim and reviled his efforts. It is not the first instance in history of the crucifixion of a good man on the cross of popular prejudice and disbelief. Under these circumstances Mr. Wilde's faith in the intelligence of the American public, as exemplified by the entrustment of his play to their judgment, was certainly the faith of a rarely generous nature. That after events proved his confidence was not misplaced in no way detracts from the bravery of his faith. From a literary, as well as a...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236954726
  • 9781236954725