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Oscar Wilde: Myths, Miracles and Imitations

ISBN13: 9780521475372
ISBN: 0521475376
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $116.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Pages: 214
Average Goodreads rating: 3.33/5 (5 ratings)

Oscar Wilde was a major influence on the culture of his time, and remains relevant today, as a model of wit and style, a sexual icon, and a moral example. John Stokes shows how in the 1880s and 1890s Wilde played a vital part in the development of modern culture, inspiring others to carry his ideas on into the twentieth century. Stokes examines the evidence of diaries, letters, dramatisations of Wilde's plays and impersonations of the man himself, and discusses Wilde's relationship to fin-de-siecle and twentieth-century ideas.