Wilde News: Newly discovered items, books from his library and more

Wilde as an undergraduate, April 3, 1876.Oscar Wilde as an undergradute

A couple of recent Oscar Wilde related happenings instigated this look into the holdings available through the DPLA.

First there is a new program produced by KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, which highlights the unparalleled Oscar Wilde collection that resides at The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles.

Then we found out that The Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The National Library of the Netherlands, has discovered in its holdings five books from Wilde’s own library

And if that is not enough Wilde goodness The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia has an upcoming exhibition on Wilde featuring several newly discovered works including a notebook from around 1880, with unrecorded versions of early poems and with drawings ; a hand-corrected typescript of the play Salome; and a draft of part of his poem “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” (1898), with previously unknown variations.


Wilde portraitAn 1882 portrait of Wilde by N. Sarony

Wilde Woman of No Importance 1893from a production of A Woman of No Importance, 1893

Wilde Salome NYPLundated image from a production of Salome

Wilde Salome film adaptation 1922from a 1922 film adaptation of Salome by Charles Bryant featuring Nazomova

Salome german edition illusAubrey Beardsley illustration from a 1918 German Edition of Salome published by H. Böhme

Wilde Vincent Price asVincent Price as Oscar Wilde in the Broadway production of the one-man play “Diversions and Delights” Baltimore, 1978

 This post originally appeared on the blog of the DPLA

Previously on Book Patrol:
A Birthday Salute to Oscar Wilde
A Wilde Mystery
Wilde Times, 2007