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Oscar Wilde's Profession: Writing and the Culture Industry in the Late Nineteenth Century

Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small


This book is a materialist account of Wilde's career as a writer. It contests three widely held assumptions about his success: that there is a clear distinction between his life as a journalist and his artistic celebrity; that he was an aesthetic ‘purist’ in his attitude towards his own books; and that his career was driven by oppositional sexual or nationalist politics. The authors bring together evidence from the publishing trade, from Wilde's contracts and correspondence with publishers, and from documentation about his earnings (particularly the plays) to show that he always worked for mon ... More

Keywords: Oscar Wilde, revision, plagiarism, consumerism, professional writer, correspondence, composition, writing practice, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187288
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josephine M. Guy, author
University of Nottingham

Ian Small, author
University of Birmingham