To accompany the world premiere of the Morrison/Cox opera Oscar in Santa Fe, NM, this adapted excerpt from my book Oscar Wilde On Dress appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican’s arts magazine Pasatiempo.
For more on Wilde and dress see:
Review of the conference: Who Owns The Legacy of Oscar Wilde?
Wilde Conference at Drew University, June 1-2, 2012
by John Cooper
So it was to Drew University (Madison, NJ) hopeful of enlightenment as to the nominal question posed by the conference.
To the question of who owns the legacy of an author in the public domain the answer is usually nobody. However, this conference was a reminder, should it be needed, that in the sphere of Wilde studies nobody often translates into anybody willing to marry the subject, for better or worse, to their own vision of Wilde. This is not surprising given Wilde’s dualities of nationality, gender and style, and over the years writers have enjoyed an open season and taken careful aim at their subject, giving us some quite specific visions of Oscar.
At least in a forum such as the subject becomes a moving target. So we had varied questions, not only of the Irish Wilde and the gay Wilde, as might be expected, but also an array of topics ranging from thesis to the practical; subjects from Wilde’s reputation as a classicist to the ownership of his work and imagery.
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Oscar Wilde In America | An Online Resource
By John Cooper
This is the blog of the non-commercial archive devoted to Oscar Wilde and his time in America, online at:
The web site includes:
- Oscar Wilde’s 1882 Lecture Tour of North America
- A Detailed Analysis of American Quotations
- The Sarony Photographs of Oscar Wilde
- Oscar Wilde’s New York Arrival
and much more…
A main focus of the web site is to verified the itinerary of the 1882 Lecture Tour, the detail of which presents considerable challenges and is necessarily an evolving project. Please provide any information you can to verify tour dates, venues, subjects or other details. I intend the site to be definitive and use only primary sources, and of course all contributions will be credited on the site.