White as the Surf it Was
Jessie M. King Illustration from ‘The Fisherman and His Soul’ from ’ A House of Pomegranates’ (1915)
Oscar Wilde Twice Close Up by Erica Kanters
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Oscar Wilde Bad Boy
I flipped, it’s been nice, don’t pity me….
Original Programme for Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892).
Things to note:
* Items advertised in the programme (ie. pianos, soap, whisky, water, electric corsets, enamel, ice cream, tobacco, chocolate, diamonds and matches.)
* The Sole Lessee and Manager Mr George Alexander is acting and is listed first in the cast list.
* All the male actors are listed before the female actors (butler Parker is listed before Lady Windermere !)
*The theatre is ‘lighted by electricity’.
Here we have Oscar’s letter to Arthur Fish (Arthur Fish was Wilde’s Assistant at Woman’s World 1887-9) and the photo he afterwards gave him.
Salomé. Oscar Wilde. John W. Luce & Company, Boston (1906). First American edition. Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley.
Biblical stories were not allowed to be depicted on the London Stage in the 19th century so Oscar Wilde wrote Salome in French. It wasn’t performed however until 1896, by which time Oscar was in prison.
Oscar in the 70’s
Oscar Wilde has been popular throughout the decades so it’s interesting to see how each era packaged him. This great cover comes from 1973 and Hamlyn Books.
Oscar Wilde Music
An inventive collection of non related tunes purporting to be Oscar Wilde themed. Was his image popular enough to sell music ?
This comes from Oscar’s US tour of 1882-3 and from the excellent website Oscar Wilde in America. Check it out here…. http://www.oscarwildeinamerica.org/index.html