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Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

Nationality: Irish Periods: Irish: 19th Century
              British: 19th Century

Late 19th Century writer known for his wit and scandals.

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Criticism about Oscar Wilde

“Ave Imperatrix”: Oscar Wilde and the Poetry of Englishness
An analysis of the critical reaction to Wilde’s poetry.
Contains: Criticism
Author: Nick Frankel
From: Victorian Poetry Volume 35, no. 2, Summer 1997
Oscar and the Scarlet Woman
An analysis of Wilde’s life and how religion influenced his writings.
Contains: Criticism
Author: Gary H. Paterson
From: The Antigonish Review Issue 85-86
Oscar Wilde: Comedy as Tragedy
n an essay for The Times about Oscar Wilde, Ackroyd writes, “if he was a genius, he was one because he came to embody the obsessions of his own period. . . . [B]ut it was both his blessing and his eventual tragedy that the age itself might most aptly be termed fin de siècle.”
Contains: Commentary
Author: Peter Ackroyd
From: The New York Times
The Thing He Loves: Murder as Aesthetic Experience in The Ballad of Reading Gaol
An analysis of Wilde’s poem “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”.
Contains: Criticism
Author: Karen Alkalay-Gut
From: Victorian Poetry Volume 35, no. 3, Fall 1997
Wilde and the Triumph of the Word
“What I would like to explore is how Wilde managed to fuse the actual physical techniques used in the visual arts with his own literary techniques and preoccupations. This is in part beyond theoretical concerns of influences and sources, and is paramount to an understanding of Wilde�s conception of literature and the fundamental way he conceived the novel and the direction he wanted it to take. This essay will focus upon the Wildean preoccupation with both movement and growth, and more specifically upon how the writer succeeds where the painter does not. Wilde was not interested in redefining the limits of literature and the visual arts, but in establishing once and for all, the ascendancy of the former over the latter. As he stated in the quotation above, movement was not the problem of literature but of painting, literature being boundless in its potential.”
Contains: Criticism
Author: Stephen Rowley
From: Textus n. 1, 1999

Biographical sites about Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Chronology
This timeline focuses on Wilde’s literary endeavours.
Contains: Timeline
From: Victorian Web
The Picture of Oscar Wilde: A Brief Life
This lengthy biographical essay includes a brief list of longer works about Wilde.
Contains: Extensive Bio, Bibliography
Author: William Terpening
From: Victorian Web

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