Oscar Wilde As A Character In Victorian Fiction by A. Kingston

Oscar Wilde As A Character In Victorian Fiction

byA. Kingston

Hardcover | January 28, 2008

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This book documents how Oscar Wilde was appropriated as a fictional character by no less than thirty-two of his contemporaries. Focusing on Wilde’s relationships with many of these writers, Kingston examines and critiques ‘Wildean’ portraits by such celebrated authors as Joseph Conrad, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, George Bernard Shaw and Bram Stoker, as well as some lesser-known writers. Many fascinating, little-known biographical and literary connections are revealed. While this work will be of significant interest to scholars of Wilde, it is also written in a clear, accessible style which will appeal to the non-academic reader with a general interest in Wilde or the late Victorian period.

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Dr. Angela Kingston is a freelance writer and researcher based in Adelaide, South Australia. She has published in Australia and internationally on Victorian literature, most notably on Oscar Wilde and the 1890s, and is an Associate Editor of The Oscholars, the electronic journal for Wilde studies.
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Title:Oscar Wilde As A Character In Victorian FictionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:January 28, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230600239

ISBN - 13:9780230600232

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Aesthete (1877-1890) * Decadent (1891-1895) * Pariah (1896-1900) * Oscar Wilde as a Character in Fiction (1900-2007)

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"This book fills an important gap in the field. Kingston brings together a broad range of works that reflect Wilde's influence during his lifetime and well beyond.  Its genre of annotated-bibliography-as-narrative stands as engaged criticism, contributing greatly to our knowledge of both the artist as critic and critic as artist. This is not straightforward biography, but rigorous textual analysis that broadens our understanding of Wilde as author and cultural subject."-- Frederick Roden, University of Connecticut"All of the works that Kingston discusses show that Wilde had the capacity to inspire a very mixed bunch of fictions that frequently share an impulse to distort or exaggerate whatever their authors had come to know about him.  Kingston's useful book will hopefully prompt further, more critical inquiries into the conflicted reasons why Wilde, throughout his career, became the subject of such lavish storytelling."--Joseph Bristow, University of California, Los Angeles, Victorian Studies (Volume 52, Number 1)