[Posted 04.xii.2013]

Holly Blackford: ‘Childhood and Greek Love: Dorian Gray and Peter Pan’.  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Volume 38, Number 2, Summer 2013 pp. 177-198.


This essay argues that both Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan offer studies of eternal male children and their consciousness because studies of congenital inversion and childhood were linked in the late Victorian period. Representing the coalescence of three late Victorian fields—developmental psychology (then called Child Study), sexology, and Greek studies—Wilde’s Dorian and Barrie’s Peter Pan embody perceptions of queerness, hedonism, and arrested development theorized as congenital inversion yet paradoxically understood as the free-floating desire of youth before a “proper” love object is chosen.


[Posted 02.ix.2013]

The Wildean no.43, July 2013.

The following articles appear in this issue.  For a Table of Contents covering all issues, click here.

E. Charles Nelson: Helianthus Annuus ‘Oscar Wilde’
Manfred Weinhorn: Wilde and the Double Vision of Literature
Andrew Rankin: A Wildean Theory of Yukio Mishima
Yukio Mishima: On Oscar Wilde
Horst Schroeder: Historical Criticism Yet Again
Anne Anderson: ‘There is Divinity in Odd Numbers’
Antony Edmonds: Chronology of Oscar Wilde in Worthing
Antony Edmonds: Family matters relating to Alphonse Conway
Elizabeth Murphy: An Interview with Gyles Brandreth
Thomas Wright: Fanny & Stella by Neil McKenna
J.D. Murphy: Declaring his Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America by Roy Morris Jr


[Posted 02.viii.2013]

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: Volume V: Plays I: The Duchess of Padua, Salomé: Drame en un Acte, Salome: Tragedy in One Act

Edited by Joseph Donohue
800 pages | 1 black-and-white halftone | 216x138mm
978-0-19-811957-9 | Hardback | 25 July 2013
Oxford University Press: Oxford English Texts

Price: £125.00


[Posted 29.vii.2013]

‘Faithful Infidelity: Charles Ricketts’ Illustrations for Two of Oscar Wilde’s Poems in Prose’ by Jeremiah Mercurio has just been put on line.  Click here.


[Posted 19.vi.2013]

Oscar Wilde On Dress

Including The Philosophy of Dress by Oscar Wilde~ In Print for the First Time in 128 Years ~
In Book Form for the First Time Ever.
 Crane 100% cotton paper, hand sewn, and hand bound in Iris linen with a printed cover design by Joanna Darlington.

It is rare that an important contribution by a major author goes unrecorded. Rarer still if the author is Oscar Wilde, the famous poet, writer, dramatist, and much quoted wit, who has been the subject of continual interest and analysis since his death in 1900. But such has been the fate of his 1885 essay The Philosophy Of Dress which now forms the centerpiece of this unique collection of Wilde’s writings on dress and fashion.

In addition, there are generously annotated and illustrated chapters that analyze the importance of dress to Wilde’s writing career, and a comprehensive review of the influences, trends, characters, and source material that informed his dress philosophy. As a compendium this book includes several period articles and letters by Wilde on dress and fashion, along with related, but rarely published, correspondence.

Oscar Wilde continues to be favorably reappraised as one of the most culturally avant garde tastemakers of the l19thate nineteenth century. In an ever fashion-conscious world it is fitting that the themes explored, like the author himself, are still relevant. In this respect the book will be of historical value to fashion students and practitioners.

Wilde’s relationship to dress is a previously overlooked aspect in his life and this book should prove to be of interest not only to Wildean scholars, but also to anyone who enjoys Wilde’s style of writing.



100 copies



Late Summer, 2013.


John Cooper has spent 30 years in the study of Oscar Wilde.

He is a long-standing member of the Oscar Wilde Society in London, a founding member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, and a former manager of the Victorian Society In America. He has lectured on Wilde and is a contributor to academic journals including The Wildean and Oscholars.

Online he is the author and editor of the noncommercial archive Oscar Wilde in America, blogger, and moderator of the Oscar Wilde Internet discussion group at Yahoo.

For the last 12 years he has specialized in new and unique research into Oscar Wilde in New York, where he conducts guided walking tours based on the visits of Oscar Wilde.

In 2012 John rediscovered the essay The Philosophy Of Dress by Wilde that forms the centerpiece to his new book Oscar Wilde On Dress.

Author Links:

Oscar Wilde In America

Oscar Wilde In New York



  • The FIRST EDITION in book form of Oscar Wilde’s The Philosophy of Dress.
  • Previously unpublished correspondence to and about Wilde on dress that appeared in Pall Mall Gazette which informs Wilde’s essays.
  • Thorough analyis of Wilde and his relationship to dress and fashion.
  • 36 illustrations and more than 200 footnotes and commentary.

Other themes explored

  • The International Health Exhibition of 1884.
  • Wilde’s famous quotation about fashion.
  • Many contemporary books and authors on dress familiar to Wilde.
  • The Rational Dress Society and the Dress Reform Movement.

[Posted 21.iii.2013]

We are pleased to announce the publication of ‘At home, 16 Tite Street’, by Richard W. Hayes, an essay on Wilde and Godwin, in Biography, Identity and the Modern Interior, edited by Penny Sparke and Anne Massey.  Ashgate Publishing 2013.


[Posted 20.ii.2013]

image001Wilde’s Wiles: Studies of the Influences on Oscar Wilde and His Enduring
Influences in the Twenty-First Century edited by Annette M. Magid has been published by Cambridge Scholars Press, ISBN13: 978-1-4438-4328-7;
ISBN: 1-4438-4328-8.

The book is a collection of essays from an international perspective which celebrates the diversity of Oscar Wilde’s genius and his influence on a broad spectrum of subjects including: aesthetics, family influence, friendships, children’s literature, women’s issues, consumer economics, queer theory, politics, theater, film, poetry, children’s literature, Victorianism and other aspects of culture such as pedagogical approaches to Wilde’s literature.

Part  I  Aesthetic Approaches
Chapter One: Paul L. Fortunato’s “Well-dressed women do.”: Embracing the Irrational in Wilde’s Consumer Aesthetic;
Chapter Two: Kirby Joris’ From Wilde to Oscar: A Study in Person in Peter Ackroyd’s The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983), C. Robert Holloway’s The Unauthorized Letters of Oscar Wilde (1997) and Merlin Holland’s Coffee with Oscar Wilde (2007);
Chapter Three: Loretta Clayton’s The Aesthete and His Audience: Oscar Wilde in the 1880s.

Part II  Friends and Family
Chapter Four: Sema Ege’s Oscar Wilde, the Aesthete – H.G. Wells, the “Scientist” and “The Rediscovery of the Unique”;
Chapter Five: Margaret S. Kennedy’s Wilde’s Cosmopolitanism: The Importance of Being Worldly;
Chapter Six: Annette M. Magid’s Wily William: A Study of William Robert Wills Wilde.

Part III  Performance and Pedagogy
Chapter Seven: Pierpaolo Martino’s The Wilde Legacy: Performing Wilde’s Paradigm in the Twenty-First Century;
Chapter Eight: Frederick D. King’s Oscar Wilde’s Salome and the Queer Space of the Book;
Chapter Nine: Anastasia G. Pease’s ‘No More Delightful Spirit’: Unlikely Connections with Oscar Wilde;
Chapter Ten: Heather A. Evans’ “Is he not solid gold?”: Sacrifice, Soldiers, and Fairy Tales at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Professor Annette M. Magid, Ph.D.
SUNY Erie Community College
Buffalo, NY 14127


[Posted 07.ii.2013]

Mícheál Ó hAodha (ed.):  The Universal Wilde: Fiáin I dTaobh Wilde.  See http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008KYR8BM