John Cooper, is a researcher, author, and documentary historian who has spent 30 years in the study of Oscar Wilde.
He is 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 lectured on Wilde and is a contributor to academic journals including The Wildean and Oscholars.
Online he is the author and editor of this noncommercial archive Oscar Wilde in America, blogger, and former 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 which forms the centerpiece to his recent book Oscar Wilde On Dress (2013).
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Great blog. I was looking for a source for images found on crazy quilts of Oscar Wilde and came across your site. I had found the ad letter with the image, then some newspaper clippings and the sketch from your site. Did you know Oscar was associated with Crazy Quilts? There is an article from Sept 1882 that describes them: Patchwork by Annie Wakeman.
This year the rage is for the “Oscar crazy quilt.” On a piece of cambric half a yard square there is basted in the center a sunflower made of either yellow broadcloth, silk or velvet, or a lily, a daisy, or pansy of one of the same materials. The square is then filled in with hits of silk and velvet of all colors, arranged helter skelter, a sort of artistic confusion of colors. The bits are of irregular pattern, just as your friends give them to you — squares, triangles, circles, jags and tags. After basting these on the edges are neatly turned in, and the piece is sewed down firmly with a chain stitch of old gold, alternating with cardinal sewing silk. When the cambric squares are completely filled out, and enough of them have been made for a bedquilt or sofa comforter, they are joined together with narrow black velvet ribbon, which is ornamented with chain and herring-bone stitches in shaded silk floss, to suit the artistic taste of the worker. The sunflower gives the name of “Oscar,” and heaven knows the patches are “‘crazy” enough in shape…
The connection between Oscar and CQs had been published in several quilt books. Here are a few blogs that make the connection. Cheers, Louise