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Oscar Wilde and His Worlds

Vol. IV

No. 10


Issue no 42: October/November 2007


Oscar by Pietro Psaier

‘OSCAR. IN THE SERIES/OSCARIANA. ARTIST PROOF. 68cm x 56cm. Commissioned for HOTEL PARIS, The last resting place of Oscar Wilde, based on The Victorian H.M. PRISON PENTONVILLE, LONDON, treadmills and the mind of WILDE, printed and etched upon handmade stock and incorporating the body of BEARDSLEY only five examples have been published by Studio Psaier, Signed.’







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I.  News from the Editor; changes to our team; innovations on the website; our discussion forum.

5.  Oscar Wilde and the Kinematograph

11. Oscar Wilde and Katherine Mansfield


 II.  In the LIBRARY

6.  Wilde on the Curriculum

12.  Vienna World Theatre



7.  Work in Progress

13.  The Viennese Café


1.      Pietro Psaier

8.  A Wilde Find

14.  The London Adventure


2.  Oscar Wilde goes to Sea

9.  A Wilde Collection

15.  London Lectures



3.  Oscar Wilde : The Poetic Legacy

10.  Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain



4.  Dorian Gray






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And I? May I Say Nothing?

Editorial, News & Notes


Society News


Editorial Team


Some Sell and Others Buy

Being Talking About

Going Wilde

The Rack and The Press



Guidance for submissions

Reading Groups

Wilde Societies

Conferences, Lectures

Mad, Scarlet Music






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  I.       News from the Editor



In our last issue we announced that our Editorial team had been joined by of Dr Tina O’Toole of the University of Limerick, Dr Kirsten MacLeod of the University of Alberta and Ms Dúnlaith Bird of the University of Oxford.  We can now add with great pleasure that we have been further strengthened by the appointment of Anuradha Chatterjee from the University of New South Wales.  Ms Chatterjee is a Ruskin scholar, and will bring the state of Ruskin studies to our attention, adding some sesame to our lilies.  Even though Ruskin is linked to Pater as one of the two great influences on Wilde at Oxford, he is much under-studied compared to Pater, and although we will not be restricted to Ruskin +/- Wilde, we hope to encourage some new scholarship.

To see all our team click

The first of our two planned once-off special features went on-line in October, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Richard Ellmann’s Oscar Wilde, guest edited by Dr Michèle Mendelssohn of the University of Edinburgh.

To see this, click

Work continues on the reconstruction of the website, with improvements in accessibility and design, so that it becomes a fully-searchable and easily navigated resource.  This involves less scrolling and more clicking, enabling us decrease the length of pages.  Various pages have been split up, and new ones created.  This is largely the inspiration (and wholly the hard work) of our webmaster, Steven Halliwell.


Shortly to be introduced will be a section devoted to the New Woman, that important phenomenon of the fin-de-siècle.  This not only denotes our dedication to fin-de-siècle studies in general but is a special salute to Lady Wilde, Constance Wilde, Dolly Wilde and Oscar’s own interest in giving women a voice in the magazine he edited – without great distinction, it must sadly be noted.  Edited by Dr Tina O’Toole with the assistance of Lisa Sheridan and Yvonne O’Keeffe, it will begin as a section within this page, but following precedent will when ready migrate to its own page, and then perhaps become a multi-page journal in its own right on our site.   Its provisional title is The Yellow Aster.

Our quarterly devoted to Vernon Lee (The Sibyl ), under the editorship of Sophie Geoffroy (Université de la Réunion) is now fairly launched with two issues on line, and we have launched the first issue of Moorings, a quarterly devoted to George Moore and his circle, edited by Mark Llewellyn of the University of Liverpool.  These, with further issues of our French language sister publication rue des beaux-arts, edited by our Associate Editor for French Cultural Affairs Danielle Guérin, are posted at and all future issues will appear there.


Another special issue, to be published in Autumn 2008, is on Teleny.  We believe it is high time that scholarship on Teleny is brought together and the arguments about it properly marshalled.  This is being guest edited by Professor John McRae of the University of Nottingham, whose edition of Teleny was the first scholarly unexpurgated one published.  Readers who would like to submit an article discussing any aspect of Teleny should contact Professor McRae.  @


A further special is planned for 2009, on Oscar Wilde’s stories for children.  Initial expressions of interest in contributing can be sent to


Taking advantage of the possibilities of the website, we have also introduced a page called NOTICEBOARD, serving all our journals, where we will happily publish short term announcements of publications, papers and other items of interest submitted by readers.  This does not replace notice in any of the journals, but is intended to be of value between issues.  NOTICEBOARD is at 


Another new page, launched in October 2007, is called .  Here we gather the general theatre information that was hitherto scattered through our different sections – click its colophon to reach it.  This is part of our reconstruction, allowing THE OSCHOLARS itself to focus more narrowly on things Oscarian.   Similarly in the belief that it makes for economy of effort coupled to impact of effect we have given our monthly SOCIETY PAGE a permanent place: see


Discussion and announcements forum / Letters to the Editor


Your editors discussed at length the form that this should take: our old JISCmail service never functioned fully.  We considered trying to revive it, or creating a listserv as H-Fin-de-siècle, or a blog.  While none of these are ruled out for the future, it was eventually decided to set up a group with Yahoo, which despite its unattractive name and often unattractive material, is familiar to most people, and easy to operate and govern.  We have laid down fairly strict guidelines for postings, and we hope that it will avoid acquiring some of the useless baggage that is a characteristic of some of these groups.


The forum was set up for us and initially moderated by Colleen Platt, a committed Wildëan and experienced moderator.  Unfortunately pressure of other commitments has led her to step down from the position of moderator, although we hope she will resume this in the future.  The task is taken up by Dr Mark Llewellyn and myself.  Our model is VICTORIA, and we hope to stimulate the same sort of scholarly discussion, although with a different emphasis encompassing all the concerns of our journals, and the fin-de-siècle in its broader aspect internationally.  It is also a very convenient way of making announcements that fall between issues of THE OSCHOLARS (supplementing NOTICEBOARD), or to herald the arrival of the new issues.  As only subscribers to THE OSCHOLARS and its sister publications will able to contribute, we hope for some serious debate.


We do urge all our readers to sign up for this, even if only to ensure they get regular news by this means.  All (including the rules for submission) can be found at  There is a short registration process, as there is for all such groups and lists.  If you set your preferences either to digest or to individual e-mails, this will overcome one problem for us, for at the moment sending e-mails to all our subscribers is a very long business: we have to send to small groups of members, as there are limits on how many copies can send (Windows or Outlook), and on how many group mails one can send in 24 hours (gmail).  Many mailboxes do not accept group mailings; others reject automatically what we write as spam, most rudely.  All possible steps will be taken to exclude spam, advertisements for dubious services, and irrelevant postings.  We will sprinkle its link here and there in our pages, where we think readers may (or should) be prompted to express a view.  The icon is







From time to time, we invite readers who have published articles on Wilde in anthologies or journals that are not readily accessible outside university libraries (and not always then) to republish them (amended if desired) on THE OSCHOLARS website. We have recently been putting articles on-line at the rate of one a week, and are very happy with the response that this has been meeting. We also intend republishing older articles on Wilde from anthologies and festchriften, made obsolete by the march of scholarship, but which may still have some value in charting how he was viewed by earlier writers.

These appear in a section called LIBRARY.  Its logo, which can be clicked for access, is


This will bring you to a Table of Contents from which you can link to each article.  There are also links to French language articles similarly republished in rue des beaux-arts.

Guidance for submissions is posted on the LIBRARY page.


Recently posted to LIBRARY:

‘The Aesthetic Realism of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray’ by Shelton Waldrep

‘“Judas always writes the biography”: The Many Lives of Oscar Wilde’ by Ruth Robbins

‘Wilde, Beardsley and the Making of Salome’ , by Linda Zatlin

‘The (Fai)Lure of the Aesthetic Ideal and the (Re)Formation of Art: The Medieval Paradigm that Frames The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Felicia Bonaparte.


These articles are the copyright to their authors, and thus usual rules for citation and against further publication apply.


New postings are announced on our discussion forum








« Questions are never indiscreet.  Answers sometimes are. »


1.      Pietro Psaier

Our frontispiece this month is an image of Wilde by Pietro Psaier (1836-2004).  Born in Italy he moved as a young man to Madrid and then to New York and while working as a waiter in Greenwich Village, met Andy Warhol, with whom he had an affair,  and joined Warhol’s studio ‘The Factory’, where he produced layouts, silk-screens and joint works as wll as working as an artist in his own right.  He was drowned when the Tsunami struck Sri Lanka where he was living.  It was Catarina Nirta (Goldsmiths College, University of London) who first drew our attention to Psaier; and we hope to learn (and therefore write) more about the presence of Wilde in his work.



2.      Oscar Wilde goes to Sea


Irish Ferries announce the introduction in December on the Rosslare – France (Cherbourg / Roscoff) run the most luxurious ferry yet to be in service.  All oscholars will be delighted that, continuing Irish Ferries’ tradition of naming ships to celebrate Ireland’s literary heritage (Jonathan Swift 1999 & Ulysses 2001), this is named - Oscar Wilde.  This name was chosen ‘to honour Ireland’s most famous wit & dramatist and the many links he had with France.’  The whole ship is ‘themed’ from the ‘Merrion Lounge’ to ‘The Happy Prince play area’.  We believe that Wilde would have been particularly amused by the fact that under its previous owners on the OsloKiel run, the ship was called the Crown Prince Harald.  Click on the picture for a ‘tour’ of the ship.





3.      Oscar Wilde : the Poetic Legacy


In our Spring issue, to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Brendan Behan, we republished his poem Oscar Wilde, in the translation by Ulick O'Connor from Behan's Irish.  Last month we republished the poem ‘Three Demi-Gods’ by Robert Service.  This month we publish on a very different note Raymond Calvert’s ‘The Ballad of William Bloat’, which we would describe as standing at the point where Robert Service meets ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’.  We have again taken our courage in our hands as we do not know to whom we should have applied for copyright permission.  Eventually, these verses will be published in an Appendix.  It may be as well to explain that the Shankill Road is a staunchly Protestant area of Belfast (and further to note that in Ireland, all Protestants are described as staunch, while Catholics are described as devout).  We are grateful to W.J. Mc Cormack for drawing this to our attention.

NOTE ADDED JULY 2009. We were very pleased when, in July 2009, we were contacted by Mr Peter Calvert, the son of the writer of this Ballad, with an authentic version and an explanatory letter. These can be found by clicking here.


'The Ballad of William Bloat'



In a mean abode on the Shankill Road

Lived a man named William Bloat;

And he had a wife, the curse of his life,

Who always got his goat.

'Til one day at dawn, with her nightdress on

He slit her pretty throat.



With a razor gash he settled her hash

Oh never was crime so quick

But the steady drip on the pillowslip

Of her lifeblood made him sick.

And the pool of gore on the bedroom floor

Grew clotted and cold and thick.



Now he was right glad he had done as he had

As his wife lay there so still

But a sudden awe of the mighty law

Filled his heart with an icy chill.

So to finish the fun so well begun

He resolved himself to kill.



He took the sheet from his wife's cold feet

And twisted it into a rope

And he hanged himself from the pantry shelf,

'Twas an easy end, let's hope.

In the face of death with his latest breath

He said ‘To hell with the Pope.’



Now the strangest turn in this whole concern

Is only just beginning.

He went to Hell, but his wife got well

And is still alive and sinning.

For the razor blade was Dublin made

But the sheet was Belfast linen.







4.      Dorian Gray


Brett Kolles writes


I am a graduate student writing my Master's Essay on Oscar Wilde, with a focus on Lippincott's Monthly Magazine and its decision to print the first edition of Dorian Gray.  DG was first run in the July, 1890 publication of Lippincott's.  I have read several reports that state the periodical sold quite well but I have been at a lost to find verifiable proof of this.  I am specifically looking for circulation numbers (print run), although I would also be interested in the number of actual subscribers Lippincott's had before and after DG release. I have been in contact with several libraries and universities but have as of yet received but moral support. To give a firm basis for my thesis, I would like to have monthly circulation numbers for the year 1890 for Lippincott's.  Any information, or suggestions, would be greatly appreciated.


We will forward any replies to Mr Kolles.



5.      Oscar Wilde and the Kinematograph



This section, in which we are displaying film posters, began in April 2003.  After appearing here, these are posted on their own page, called POSTERWALL, gradually building up a gallery that will make the images more accessible than by searching the Internet.  This can be found by clicking on the icon



This month’s posters were found for us by Danielle Guérin. 




6.      Wilde on the Curriculum


We are always anxious to publicise the teaching of Wilde at both second and third level, and welcome news of Wilde on curricula.  Similarly, news of the other subjects on whom we are publishing (Whistler, Shaw, George Moore and Vernon Lee} is also welcome.



7.      Work in Progress


In December 2006 we published a list of fin-de-siècle doctoral theses being undertaken at Birkbeck College, University of London.  We will update that in December 2007.  We should very much like to hear from readers who teach at other universities with news of similar theses they are supervising.  We also welcome all news of research being undertaken on any aspect of the fin de siècle.



8.      A Wilde Find


Tiffany Perala spotted this report

‘Rare book found in charity shop.   A rare first edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is given to a charity shop - in a handbag.’



9.      A Wilde Collection


There is no universal handbook or vade mecum to the various Wilde Collections, and we plan to make a start here.  Sometimes where a collection’s contents are published in detail on-line we will simply give an URL; or we may be able to give more details ourselves.  We hope then to be able to bring these together as a new Appendix.



Mark Samuels Lasner writes


For a census of Oscar Wilde's presentation copies I would appreciate learning of any such copies in public and private collections. By ‘presentation copies’ are meant books by Wilde which he inscribed to  friends and others--as distinguished from books by other writers given away by Wilde.    Details of edition, provenance, bookplates, and bindings are helpful and welcome.   

Mark Samuels Lasner,  Senior Research Fellow,  University of Delaware Library,  181 South College Avenue  Newark, DE 19717  Tel (302) 831-3250  @ or  @


The most important Wilde collection is that of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at the University of California - Los Angeles, to which Wilde scholars are so greatly indebted.  The holdings are well represented on the web, and the URL will bring you to the relevant page.


The Library of the University of Reading in England houses the Sherard Collection, and we described this in some detail in our March 2007 issue.



The chief Wilde holdings in the Bodleian Library at Oxford are those of the Robert Ross collection.  A guide to these was published by the late Andrew McDonnell in a limited edition of 170 copies, of which two are in the Bodleian itself, and one in Magdalen.  Other copies are presumably in the British Library, Trinity College Dublin etc.  We are curious about the whereabouts of others: we know of one.  As far as we can make out, this catalogue is not published on line, but would welcome confirmation of this.  It seems rather perverse to compile a catalogue and then keep it from public access, although there is an echo of Wilde himself there, as there was in Andrew McDonnell himself.



McDonnell, Andrew. Oscar Wilde at Oxford: an annotated catalogue of Wilde manuscripts and related items at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, including many hitherto unpublished letters, photographs & illustrations. Oxford: [A. McDonnell], 1996 48 p. : ill., facsims., ports. ; 30 cm.. Limited ed. of 170 copies.  Compiled by Andrew McDonnell.


10. Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain


Carson Flanders is a writing a novel where his character finds a first edition Twain, inscribed to Wilde, with various implications.  Mr Flanders is curious about whether there was any connection at all between the men.  The biographies of Wilde that we have consulted suggest not, itself slightly odd.  Does any reader know more?  We will pass on any information to Mr Flanders.


11.  Oscar Wilde and Katherine Mansfield


We made these jottings from Vincent O’Sullivan and Margaret Scott (edd.): The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield.  Oxford: The Clarendon Press 1984, pp. x, 11, 26, 43, 90


­–   ‘Kathleen took Oscar Wilde as her mentor and his epigrams as a code of wisdom.’

       Introduced to Wilde’s work by Walter Ripmann (1869-1947), Professor of German at Queen’s College, London.

       ‘Vignettes’ heavily influenced by Wilde.

   Fragment of play ‘The Yellow Chrysanthemum’ c.1908 ‘draws heavily on The Duchess of Padua’.

       Early notebooks ‘drenched in Wildean influences’.  Read her own homosexual leanings in Wilde.


And this from  Anthony Alpers: The Life of Katherine Mansfield.  London: Jonathan Cape 1980, p.35.


       1906.  Was lent The Picture of Dorian Gray by her friend Mimi Bartrick-Baker, ‘a book that was to alter everything […] By Dorian Gray she was swept off her feet […] dazzled.’


In the published literature we known only of ‘Art and society : a consideration of the relations between æsthetic theories and social commitment with reference to Katherine Mansfield and Oscar Wilde’ by Kinoshita Yukiko (Chiba: Siji Chobo 1999, based on an University of London Ph.D thesis (1997) of the same name, but we are not in touch with Dr Yukiko, and would gladly learn more both of this and of any other publication that links Wilde and Mansfield,



12. Weltbühne Wien: The Reception of Anglophone Plays on Viennese Stages of the 20th Century


This project, directed by Professor Ewald Mengel at the Department of English and American Studies, involves members of four different departments at the University of Vienna, including English and American Studies, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies and Theatre, Film and Media Studies, and has ALSO established international ties with the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway College, University of London. Two of our Associate Editors, Barbara Pfeifer and Sandra Mayer, are involved in this project.


The members’ individual projects cover an extensive variety of issues. The range includes three full-length studies on the Viennese reception of such classic playwrights as Shakespeare, Shaw and Wilde, as well as contributions on various aspects of cultural transfer, censorship, transcultural theatre and stage translation.  We will report further on this .




13. The Viennese Café and Fin-de-siècle Culture Research Project


Not a million miles from the above, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in England, this multi-disciplinary project investigates the lasting significance of the Viennese café.  The unique dynamism of Viennese culture at the beginning of the twentieth century was manifested by the innovations of its artists, writers, composers, designers, psychoanalysts and scientists.  The city’s famous cafés played a crucial part in this vibrant intellectual and artistic environment.  Here pursuits of refreshment, communication, leisure, work, and intellectual exchange co-existed, challenging conventional boundaries between public and private life.


Research will focus on the historical, cultural and artistic complexity of the Viennese café as an urban space in order to better understand the culture of cafes, both past and present.   Attention has long been focused on Paris as a cradle of modernity and artistic modernism. Through its focus on the Viennese café, this project aims to redefine our understanding not only of the arts in Vienna, but also of modernity and modern life more generally.


The project is run jointly by Dr Tag Gronberg and Dr Simon Shaw-Miller in the Department of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck College, University of London and Prof. Jeremy Aynsley in the Department of History of Design at the Royal College of Art.


More information on the project can be found at  We will be covering this carefully, from both the London and the Vienna ends, and are grateful to the organisers for their co-operation.  We carry a recent Call for Papers on our Being Talked About page.





14. Lectures in London


We used to draw readers' attention to the list of lectures taking place in London compiled by Ben Haines at  This link no longer responds, but the list still exists as part of the Victoria Research Web (click the banner) at  No lectures on our period or subjects are currently listed as forthcoming.


Victoria Research Web




15.  The London Adventure


This is a series of guided walks in London, based on the literary figures who lived there.  There are many such walks, of course, more or less scholarly, with the information given more or less accurate.  London Adventure maintains high standards.  We will report their 2008 series here and on our NOTICEBOARD when it covers writers or artists who fall within our interests.  We would be glad to hear of other walks, in other cities.








Nicolas Granger-Taylor, 35 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DB

Tel: 020 7387 7942   Mobile: 07791 029 770

Email: @




A volume of essays on London literary figures by London Adventure walk leaders

AUBREY BEARDSLEY by Alexia Lazou ○ ALEISTER CROWLEY by Mark Pilkington

CHARLES FORT by John Rimmer ○ ARTHUR MACHEN by Nicolas Granger-Taylor

EDWARD HERON-ALLEN by Joan Navarre ○ BARON CORVO by Bryan Welch

ARTHUR SYMONS by Antony Clayton ○ MICHAEL ARLEN by Mark Valentine

SAX ROHMER by Antony Clayton ○ PATRICK HAMILTON by Marc Glendening









Last month’s review section contained reviews by Marie-Noelle Zeender on Oscar Wilde in Paris, Lucia Krämer on Oscar Wilde from first to last, Angela Kingston on Oscar Wilde in Dieppe, Chiara Briganti on Decadence and Masculinity,and Paula Murphy on Augustus Saint Gaudens.  These reviews may be found by clicking


This month we carry the following reviews

Mark Llewellyn on Gyles Brandreth’s murder mystery

Salome in Dublin (Keith Connolly)

Lucia Krämer on Susanne Bach’s exploration of theatricality in James, Hardy, Collins, Wilde

The Importance of being Earnest in San Marcos (Melissa Jackson)

Laurence Talairach-Vielmas on Christine Ferguson’s brutal language

The Importance of being Earnest in Buffalo (Mark Tattenbaum)

The Judas Kiss in Madrid (Cristina Pascal Aransáez)

The Zemlinsky Operas at Bard  (Bruce Bashford)

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime in Nottingham (Sujit Dutta)

Pissarro in New York (Petra ten-Doesschate Chu)

Lady Windermere’s Fan in Dublin (Maureen O’Connor)

Kolo Moser in Vienna (Sandra Mayer)

These reviews may be found by clicking


Clicking    will take you to the Table of Contents of all our reviews, which we are updating. 

We welcome offers to review from readers.




Here we now only note Calls for Papers or articles specifically relating to Wilde or his immediate circles.  The more general list has its own page; to reach it, please click .  We hope these Calls may attract Wildëans.


We draw your attention particularly to the call for papers for an Oscar Wilde Conference in Oxford being arranged by Stefano Evangelista at Trinity College which appears on our NOTICEBOARD



and to this Call for articles for a Special Issue of Modernism/Modernity on British Decadence/aestheticism and modernism from Professor Cassandra Laity.


I am calling for submissions for a special issue on British Æstheticism (or Decadent/Aestheticism) and modernism of Modernism/Modernity (14.5, September 2008).  Submissions may treat any aspect of Æstheticism and its relation to modernism and/or the formation of 20th-century ‘modernity.’

The field is open, but topics such Æstheticism and/or decadence and Victorian visualities, technology, architecture, or science in 19th-century painting, poetry, literature as they  ‘interface’ with related phenomena and art in modernism are welcome.


Deadline: 1st February 2008.


Send by attachment to: <> and <> or by post to Prof. Cassandra Laity, Department of English, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.


We have arranged with Professor Laity to publish abstracts of the articles submitted to this special issue of Modernism/Modernity.




 VI.    The Other Oscar


Our occasional research into the Oscar Wilde of the parallel universe: Introducing Oscar Monoclonal Antibody (though perhaps this should be filed in our Work in Progress section)



We thank Dr Ellis Hanson of Cornell University for sending us this exchange of letters:



My criticism on Wilde seems to be reaching a wider audience.  I thought you might enjoy this, which arrived in the mail recently.  I wonder if other OSCHOLARS have been similarly approached:


Dear Dr. Hanson,


 From your article titled "Oscar Wilde and the scarlet woman." (J Homosex. 1997;33(3-4):121-37.), we learned of your research with OSCAR and thought you might be interested in knowing that GenWay currently offers a monoclonal antibody against this target as part of our catalog products.


 Here's a link to our NEW website to view the datasheet: OSCAR Monoclonal Antibody


 GenWay specializes in avian (IgY) antibodies and their applications. We have an online catalog of over 20,000 products including:

Functional and soluble recombinant proteins

Polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies

A unique line of ELISA Kits


All of our products can be searched, with datasheets, at Thank you in advance for your interest and consideration. Please feel free to reply to this email with any questions or concerns you might have regarding any of our products or services.

Best Regards,

GenWay Biotech Sales and Marketing



Dr Hanson kindly permits us to publish his response:


Dear Ms. Way,


May I call you Gen?  Thanks for your urgent message about your custom-tailored antibodies, but the target Oscar has already infected my department.  It's too late for us.  We titter helplessly at witty epigrams.  Various clonal bodies have commenced to proliferate.  Evacuate while you can.


Oscar's data sheets were already inspected at his trial.


Yours in struggle,


Dr. Hanson


We add that the avian antibodies here mentioned should not be applied to Dúnlaith Bird, Robin Darwall-Smith, Ashley Robins, Ruth Robbins, Merlin Holland, Alan Peacock, Robert Merle, Terry Eagleton… and we continue to speculate as to whether Elsa Kits might be the younger sister of Eartha.


  VII.   Oscar Wilde: The Video


A resource new to us is the website Youtube, from which we offer the following link as launching our new section,Video clip of the month.  This is a trailer for a film of Salome, which to our great regret will never be made.  The producer is Vanessa Magowan Horrocks, who is reading for a B.A in the Theatre Program at the University of Minnesota. This was a project for her Theatre History class,– short presentations on various plays as a way to break up the typical lecture and notes format. Her group’s assignment was to do the ‘engaging plot synopsis’.  She thought of whom it would be interesting to cast in the roles, and other films these actors had made, so that she could mix clips from their trailers to make one for Salome.  She picked quotes from the play, had people to record them, and mixed them in a montage technique by using footage from Troy, Titus, Pirates of the Carribean 1 and 2, and Kill Bill 1 and 2, with the voices of Vanessa Horrocks, Kathryn Jacobs, Kaylene Ruwart, Corey Enriquez, and Casey Hoekstra.   There was also lots of photoshop involved. 


We thank Ms Horrocks for this information, and highly recommend her work for its quality and originality.


Salome is at



VIII. Web Foot Notes


Our monthly look at websites of possible interest.  Contributions welcome here as elsewhere.  This feature will be updated in our next issue (November / December 2007). Here we note a new website launched by Glennis Byron and Dale Townshend Department of English Studies, University of Stirling


The Department of English Studies at the University of Stirling announces the launch of a new website for the gothic, The Gothic Imagination, to be found at

This aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for lively discussion and critical debate concerning all manifestations of the gothic mode, be it historical or as manifested in more modern and contemporary cultural events. We also seek to establish an internet-based community of gothic scholars and enthusiasts, and to serve as a platform for the dissemination of information relevant to our mutual gothic interests through our News page, run by Elizabeth Andrews.

The site’s bloggers, Amy Palko and Marilyn Michaud, will include posts on new books, films and other media, reports on gothic conferences and other events, and regular profiles of postgraduates working in the field. It starst with an introduction from Amy and a post from Marilyn on the new I am Legend film.

Each month on a guest blog they invite an academic or writer to introduce issues more specifically related to the Global gothic. To launch the  guest blog, Katarzyna Ancuta (Assumption University, Thailand) writes on 'Spiritual Encounters Thai Style'.

In the Global gothic section, they will report on the publication of both fictional and non-fictional books, and the release of films and other media that might be of interest to those investigating global manifestations of the gothic aesthetic.

Keep checking back - this is a constantly evolving site, and new items will be added regularly.



All the material that we have thus far published in the monthly 'Web Foot Notes' was brought together in June 2003 in one list called 'Trafficking for Strange Webs'.  New websites will continue to be reviewed here each month, after which they will be filed on the Trafficking for Strange Webs page.  A Table of Contents has been added for ease of access.


‘Trafficking for Strange Webs’ surveys 48 websites devoted to Oscar Wilde.


The Société Oscar Wilde is also publishing on its website two lists (‘Liens’ and ‘Liaisons’) of recommendations. 

To see ‘Trafficking for Strange Webs’, click  .

To see ‘Liens’, click here.

To see ‘Liaisons’, click here.



Sites most recnetly visited

We copy this from the Irish Diaspora list, 13th March 2007:


Forwarded on behalf of Aidan Arrowsmith.  Subject: British Association for Irish Studies website.

 Some of you will have noticed that, since before Christmas, we have been having major problems with our website.  To cut a very long story short, our domain name, which we have owned for many years, was mistakenly sold by our hosting company, and despite protracted negotiations, it has proved impossible to buy it back.

As a result, we are taking the opportunity to overhaul the BAIS website with the aim of making it a genuine hub for Irish studies in Britain.  We have a new address, and have already posted a redesigned, temporary site containing important information about forthcoming events, deadlines and contact details.  Over the next few weeks and months, this existing site will be thoroughly expanded to include a wide range of information, which we hope will be of great interest and use to you.

In the meantime, please do visit - and update your bookmarks! is (obviously) the Wikipedia address for Oscar Wilde.  The long entry is sound enough, though besprinkled with small errors (‘Sir Edward Clark’ … ‘’The Reverend Stuart Hedlam’ … ‘Chief Justice Sir Alfred Wills’) and is sometimes rather naïvely written.  We have little experience of Wikipedia, and do not know how the article rates by its usual standards.




In October 2007 we were extremely pleased to announce the creation of a Spanish bibliography of works on Oscar Wilde, compiled specially for THE OSCHOLARS by Professor Cristina Pascual Aransáez.  In the same month, as part of Richard Ellmann tributes, we published a bibliography of Ellmann’s writing on Wilde.  The bibliographies for this month are of the writings on Wilde by Dr Bruce Bashford, and of the articles on Wilde published in the journal In-Between (New Delhi).  Clicking on the icon below will lead to the Bibliographies Table of Contents, with links to each.





Readers accustomed to checking here for news of the Wilde Societies are advised that these now have their own page. To reach it, please click




This is the fourth issue of THE OSCHOLARS to be originated on our new website, provided and constructed by Steven Halliwell of The Rivendale Press, a publishing house with a special interest in the fin-de-siècle.  Mr Halliwell joins Dr John Phelps of Goldsmiths College, University of London, and Mr Patrick O’Sullivan of the Irish Diaspora Net as one of the godfathers without whom THE OSCHOLARS could not have appeared on the web in any useful form.



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