Literate and Illiterate

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Los Angeles Herald, May 23, 1883

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a researcher, author, blogger and documentary historian. As a long-standing member of the Oscar Wilde Society in London, a founding member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, and a former manager of the Victorian Society In America, he has spent 30 years in the study of Oscar Wilde, having lectured on Wilde, and contributing to TV, film, and academic journals including The Wildean and Oscholars. Online he is the designer, author and editor of this noncommercial archive Oscar Wilde in America, blogger, and moderator of the Oscar Wilde Internet discussion groups at Yahoo and Google. For the last 14 years he has specialized in new and unique research into Oscar Wilde in New York, where he conducts guided walking tours based on the visits of Oscar Wilde. In 2012 John rediscovered Oscar Wilde's essay The Philosophy Of Dress that forms the centerpiece to his recent 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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