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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde
     

The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde

by Peter Raby
 

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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde offers an essential introduction to one of the theatre'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

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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde offers an essential introduction to one of the theatre'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. Further chapters also examine Wilde and the Victorians and his image as a Dandy. Part Two looks at Wilde's essential work as playwright and general writer, including his poetry, critiques, and fiction, and provides detailed analysis of such key works as Salome and The Importance of Being Earnest among others. The third group of essays examines the themes and factors which shaped Wilde's work and includes Wilde and his view of the Victorian woman, Wilde's sexual identities, and interpreting Wilde on stage. This 1997 volume also contains a detailed chronology of Wilde's work, a guide to further reading, and illustrations from important productions.

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"The Cambridge Companion (a particularly refreshing collection...)is certainly the first of these volumes a Wilde enthusiast will want to own. Edited by Peter Raby...these 15 essays venture more deeply into the manner and more deftly into the manners of the subject than do many works of scholarly inquiry and speculation, some of the latter by the same contributors who have here been more succinct more pointed than in their bookmaking projects elsewhere." Richard Howard, LA Times

"An excellent overview of an important and enigmatic writer; enthusiastically recommended for all literary collections and all Wilde devotees." G. A. Cevasco, Choice

"The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde exhibits the scholarly authority for which the series of which it is a part - the Cambridge Companions to Literature - has come to be known." Victorian Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107484733
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/16/1997
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

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