Oscar Wilde: Myths, Miracles and Imitations

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Oscar Wilde was a major influence on the culture of his time, and remains relevant today, as a model of wit and style, a sexual icon, and a moral example. John Stokes shows how in the 1880s and 1890s Wilde played a vital part in the development of modern culture, inspiring others to carry his ideas on into the twentieth century. Stokes examines the evidence of diaries, letters, dramatizations of Wilde's plays and impersonations of the man himself, and discusses Wilde's relationship to fin-de-siècle and twentieth-century ideas.

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Oscar Wilde was a major influence on the culture of his time, and remains relevant today, as a model of wit and style, a sexual icon, and a moral example. In a sequence of detailed and imaginative chapters on Wilde and his times, John Stokes shows how in the 1880s and 1890s Wilde played a vital part in the development of modern culture, inspiring others to carry his ideas on into the twentieth century. Stokes offers studies of Wilde's place in the Romantic tradition, and of his relationships with such legendary figures of the fin de siecle as Aubrey Beardsley, Alfred Jarry, and Arthur Symons. And always, as part of the process of historical inquiry, Stokes considers those who came after: humanitarian disciples who kept Wilde's memory sacred, performers in his plays, actors who impersonated the man himself. Oscar Wilde: Myths, Miracles and Imitations explains why Wilde, a 'material ghost', haunts us still.

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'Stokes's analysis is fascinating, in part because of its attention to what reviewers have said about ... Wildean revivals ... While adding to our knowledge of the context of Oscar Wilde, John Stokes provides further evidence of the variousness and complexity of Wilde himself. Oscar Wilde: Myths, Miracles and Imitations will complicate matters for those who would like to confine Wilde within the scope of a single-minded personality or politics'. New Theatre Quarterly

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