Review by Choice Review
An excellent example of a writer with as much appeal to a wide-reading and theatergoing public as to literary critics and academics, Wilde has been the subject of some 14,000 books and articles since 1900. Over the last decade his plays, poetry, essays, and fictions have received more attention than those of virtually any other modern British author. The 15 explorations that make up this Companion--contributions from some of the foremost scholars working with Wilde materials today--offer the latest thinking on various aspects of his life and works. The essays sum up previous scholarship, provide correctives where necessary, and assess Wilde's contemporary relevance. The first three place Wilde's literary efforts within the cultural and historical context of his time. The next seven essays delve into his verse, critiques, and journalism, and provide detailed analyses of such key works as The Importance of Being Earnest and Salome. The remaining five essays examine the themes and factors that shaped Wilde's creativity and his sexual identity. Enhancing this volume are a detailed chronology, 20 illustrations, a guide to further reading, and a seven-page index. An excellent overview of an important and enigmatic writer; enthusiastically recommended for all literary collections and all Wilde devotees. G. A. Cevasco; St. John's University (NY)
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