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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde

The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde

Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521479875

Part One places 19th-century dramatist and writer Oscar Wilde's work within the cultural and historical context of his time and includes an opening essay by Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland. The rest of the book examines the themes and factors that shaped Wilde's work, including his view of the Victorian woman, his conflicting sexual identities, and the interpretation of his work in performance. 20 photos.

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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.
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