Library GraffitiOxford Dictionary of Quotations

When Oscar Wilde remarked wistfully, “I wish I’d said that,” James Whistler replied, “You will, Oscar, you will.” Try quotation books to see What Oscar Said:
PN6080 .O95 or
Online:  http://www.drew.edu/library/er/oxford-dictionary-of-quotations

Oscar Wilde Encyclopedia

Summarizing the content and reception of most of Wilde’s works, from poetry to newspaper articles, this volume covers “Mr. Whistler’s Ten O’clock” and Whistler himself (among other artistic acquaintances & family), the controversy of Wilde’s tomb, the beautiful and dandyism, and Shakespeare’s “W.H.”
PR 5823 .B34

Literature Criticism Online

Literary and drama criticism and analysis of Wilde excerpted here: Dorian Grey was reviewed as “unclean, but undeniably amusing,” whereas The Importance of Being Earnest is “a stumbling block both to the detractors and admirers.”

http://www.drew.edu/library/er/literature-criticism-online

British Writers, vol V

For a thorough analysis of Wilde’s work and its connections with Aestheticism (not athleticism), as well as the complex of hidden meanings critics have found in the complex, varied work of the original “very singularly deep young man.”
PR 85 .B688

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

Wilde also dabbled in historical drama, verse tragedy, and symbolist drama before settling on comedy. What is the “well made play” (la pièce bien faite) tradition that Wilde was pursuing in his scripts? Did he succeed in catching it?
PN2035 .O94 or
http://www.drew.edu/library/er/oxford-encyclopedia-of-theatre-and-performance

Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era

Look here for a more complete view of Wilde’s work and life in his cultural context. To get beyond Wilde’s trial and Reading Gaol, see “Homosexuality.”
DA 550 .E527

Interested in more Victorian-era writers?

Check out the Tomlinson Collection of Byron and Whitman, the Byron Society Collection, and other 19th Century Collections in Drew Library’s Special Collections Department.

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