Selected Journalism

Selected Journalism

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'The subject of a work of art has of course nothing to do with its beauty, but still there is always something depressing about the coloured lithograph of a leg of mutton.' Thus, in typical fashion, Oscar Wilde reviews the latest cookery book. Throughout the 1880s Wilde honed his literary talent in numerous articles and reviews for some of the leading periodicals of the day. He wrote on subjects ranging from women's dress to the American invasion of English society, from a lecture by Whistler to a production of Hamlet starring Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. Witty and perceptive, often hilarious, Wilde's journalism shows him responding to writers such as Swinburne and Balzac, as well as to the latest theatrical trends and a wide range of topical issues. This edition shows how Wilde's journalistic techniques inform his later critical essays and social comedies. It also offers an insight into the colourful world of magazine publishing in the late nineteenth century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 14mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 019280412X
  • 9780192804129
  • 1,782,951

Table of contents

Pall Mall Gazette: Mr Oscar Wilde on Woman's Dress; Mr Whistler's Ten O'Clock; Dinner and Dishes; A Handbook to Marriage; To Read or not to Read; Balzac in English; The Poets' Corner I; A New Book on Dickens; Mr Pater's Imaginary Portraits; Mr Mahaffy's New Book; Poetry and Prison; The New President; Poetical Socialists; Mr Froude's Blue-book; Mr Swinburne's Last Volume; The Dramatic Review: Shakespeare on Scenery; Hamlet at the Lyceum; Henry the Fourth at Oxford; Olivia at the Lyceum; As You Like It at Coombe House; Twelfth Night at Oxford; The Cenci; Helena in Troas; The Court and Society Review: The American Invasion; The American Man; The Butterfly's Boswell; The Child Philosopher; The Woman's World: Literary and Other Notes I-V; A Note on Some Modern Poets
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About Oscar Wilde

Anya Clayworth is Teaching Fellow in the School of English at the University of St. Andrews.
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