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A collection of autograph signed letters from people with a connection to Oscar Wilde and including a few letters from Wilde himself,

[ca. 1881-1974]
Main Creator: Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900
Contributors: Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898.
Citation:National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.
Notes:Letters from 1881 to 1895, comprising a letter from Wilde to a Mrs. Stanley; photocopies of three Wilde letters; one sent by his wife Constance Wilde; two letters from Edward Carson, who was the marquess of Queensberry's counsel at the libel trial; a letter from Charles H. Brookfield, an actor and playwright who helped gather evidence against Wilde for his trials on sexual offences; a poem written by Olive Custance, who later married Lord Alfred Douglas; a letter from William Wilde, brother of Oscar; a letter from Charles Haslewood Shannon, an artist who illustrated some of Wilde's books.

Letters from 1900 to 1919, comprising a letter from Alfred Wills, who was the judge in Wilde's trial; a letter from poet and playwright, Stephen Phillips; a letter from Osbert Burdett about Christopher Millard, Wilde's bibliographer; a letter from John Gray, poet and priest, who had a relationship with Wilde and who was sometimes said to have been the inspiration for the title character in Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Letters from 1939 to 1974, comprising two from Lord Alfred Douglas (one a photocopy); a letter from Gwen Le Gallienne, sculptor; five letters to Sewell Stokes about his novel on Oscar Wilde, the correspondents including Cecil Lewis, Louis Wilkinson, Edward Colman and Mimi Queensberry; a letter from Martin Fido, biographer of Wilde.

Undated or incompletely dated letters, comprising one from the caricaturist, Max Beerbohm, who was a friend of Wilde; a letter from Aubrey Beardsley, illustrator of a published version of Wilde's play 'Salome'; a letter from Michael Field, which was the pseudonym of the poets Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper; a letter from John Lane, publisher and co-founder of the Bodley Head; a letter from the actress Rose Leclercq who created the part of Lady Bracknell in 1895; a letter from poet and essayist, Richard Le Gallienne; a letter from the artist Frank Miles; a letter from artist and theatre designer Charles Ricketts; a letter from the author Walter Pater; a letter from Robert Ross, Wilde's friend and literary executor, who was with him when he died.

A theatre programme for the first night of The Importance of Being Earnest at the St. James's Theatre 14th February 1895; a programme for Lady Windermere's Fan at the St. James's Theatre; a programme including The Poet and the Puppets: a travestie on "Lady Windermere's Fan" at The Comedy Theatre [1892]; a pamphlet entitled An appeal to friends and supporters of "Plain Speech" by Lord Alfred Douglas.

Most of the letters are handwritten with a few typed.

Physical description: 36 items

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MS 50,039/1-36
Manuscripts Reading Room
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