Oscar Wilde : recent research : a supplement to "Oscar Wilde revalued" /
Ian Small.
Greensboro, NC : ELT Press, c2000.
vii, 224 p. : port. ; 24 cm.
0944318142 (acid-free paper)
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Greensboro, NC : ELT Press, c2000.
0944318142 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-220) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-04-01:
In his second review of Wilde scholarship (a follow-up to Oscar Wilde Revalued: An Essay on New Materials & Methods of Research, CH, Sep'93), Small (Univ. of Birmingham, UK) has a new focus and arrangement of chapters, an indication that research on Wilde has accelerated considerably since 1993. For example, in chapter 2 ("Biography"), Small cites the notable increase in biographical publications, both popular and scholarly, often measured in connection with Richard Ellmann's Oscar Wilde (CH, Jun'88), the standard work. The subheadings in chapter 3, "New Paradigms in Cultural and Literary History," reveal increasing research in new areas: "The Gay Wilde," "The Irish Wilde," and "Wilde & Consumerism." Small organizes chapter 4, "Wilde the Writer," around Wilde's roles as poet, journalist, critic, dramatist, and writer of fiction. The remaining chapters review critical studies, editions, and "research resources," astutely evaluating the importance (and/or weakness) of the books and articles. Small concludes with an up-to-date selective bibliography and, for the researcher's convenience, separate listings of scholarly publications for Wilde's works. Highly recommended for all academic libraries. K. Beckson; Brooklyn College, CUNY
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