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Oscar Wilde's ProfessionWriting and the Culture Industry in the Late Nineteenth Century$
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Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187288.001.0001

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‘Of Making Many Books’

‘Of Making Many Books’

(p.50) 3 ‘Of Making Many Books’
Oscar Wilde's Profession

Josephine M. Guy

Ian Small

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the assertion that Wilde's celebrity came about because he acknowledged what Boucicault had observed, that he ‘wanted management’. One of the most dramatic illustrations of the arrival of that ‘management’ is to be found in the decision by Elkin Mathews, shortly before he entered into partnership with John Lane in 1892 (as the Bodley Head), to buy up the unsold sheets of Wilde's first book, Poems, and to reissue them.

Keywords:   Oscar Wilde, management, Elkin Mathews, Poems, writing career

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