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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde (Cambridge Companions to Literature) Hardcover – 16 Oct 1997

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  • Hardcover: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (16 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052147471X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521474719
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,510,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The Cambridge Companion is successful in that it acts as a good guide for scholar and amateur alike to the diversity and complexity of Wilde's work and to the research currently being carried out by scholars on Wilde. Raby does a good job of balancing all the different research interests of the essayists without giving undue weight to any one view, or to any one aspect of Wilde's œuvre. This book offers an essential guide to Wilde scholarship.' The Wildean

'The Cambridge Companion (a particularly refreshing collection of essays) is certainly the first of these volumes a Wilde enthusiast will want to own. Edited by Peter Raby these 15 essays venture more deeply into the manner and more deftly into the manners of the subject than so many works of scholarly inquiry and speculation.' Los Angeles Times

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This essential 1997 guide to one of the theatre's most important and influential writers, offers not only a general overview, but also incorporates some of the latest critical thinking, a detailed chronology of Wilde's work, a bibliography and illustrations from key productions.

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By A Customer on 15 May 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a fairly comprehensive collection of essays covering much of Wilde's output. They are from recognised figures in the field, such as the author himself, who has written much on the 1890s, and a reworked piece from Richard Ellmann (see his definitive biography of Oscar). They cover a range of modern critical viewpoints, including discourse on sexuality. My only reservation is that the collection does not address Wilde's short stories, which are an area of burgeoning interest. The book has, however, had heavy use from myself and my friends - a testament to its usefulness is that my tutor's copy of the book was stolen when he left his office open to go to the toilet! All in all, if you are doing any prolonged study of Wilde, this book is an invaluable aid, and well worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expected more 6 Jun. 2011
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A very limited book, though you would think otherwise being a Cambridge level research. On the matter of Wilde's view on art and his influences, i would rather recommend " Cosmopolitan Criticism" by Julia Prewitt Brown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessity for any student of Wilde... 9 Jan. 2005
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This collection is a necessity for any student of Wilde.
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