Literate and Illiterate

Los Angeles Herald, May 23, 1883

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a independent scholar who has spent 30 years in the study of Oscar Wilde. He is a long-standing member of the Oscar Wilde Society, a founding member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, and a former manager of the Victorian Society In America. For the last 20 years Cooper has specialised in Wilde’s 1882 lecture tour becoming a consultant on Wilde’s American experience to biographers and the wider media. Cooper lectures on Wilde and has conducted new and unique research into Oscar Wilde visits to New York culminating in a guided walking tour. Online he is a popular blogger and the creator of the noncommercial archive 'Oscar Wilde in America’ which incorporates his work on the Sarony photographs, and a detailed documentary verification of Wilde’s American lecture tour. In 2012 Cooper rediscovered Wilde's essay The Philosophy Of Dress that forms the centerpiece to his book Oscar Wilde On Dress (2013).

2 thoughts on “Literate and Illiterate”

  1. Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal (25 July 1829 – 11 February 1862)
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti (12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882)
    Their wedding took place on Wednesday 23 May 1860 at St Clement’s Church in the seaside town of Hastings.
    Rossetti enclosed in his wife’s coffin a journal containing the only copy he had of his many poems. He supposedly slid the book into Siddal’s red hair.
    About 1869 Rossetti and his agent, Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890.4.24), applied to the Home Secretary for an order to have her coffin exhumed so the poems could be retrieved. Her hair was said to have continued to grow after death so that the coffin was filled with her flowing coppery hair.

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