Oscar Wilde collection of papers

Oscar Wilde collection of papers, [1880]-1932.
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
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Mixed materialPermit neededAvailableBerg Coll MSS WildeSchwarzman Building - Berg Collection Room 320


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110 items.
  • Correspondence.
  • Forgeries.
  • Notebooks.
  • The bound manuscript in the author's holograph of "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" cataloged separately.
  • Napoleon Sarony's 1882 portrait photograph of Wilde cataloged separately.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Biography (note)
  • Oscar Wilde was a British poet, playwright, novelist, and critic.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Inventory list and card catalog available in repository.
Provenance (note)
  • This is a synthetic collection, created from materials acquired through gift and purchase from various sources. The bulk of the materials was formerly owned by W. T. H. Howe, Owen D. Young, and Henry W. and Albert A. Berg. Other materials were owned by Frank Fletcher, Richard Le Gallienne, John B. Stetson, Jr., and the American Play Company.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
  • Will microfilm;
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Berg Coll MSS Wilde
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
Oscar Wilde collection of papers, [1880]-1932.
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts, correspondence, and two undated notebooks. The manuscripts include holographs and holograph drafts of poems, notes on travel in Greece, portions of "The Picture of Dorian Gray," an emended manuscript of a play and other holograph materials. There is also an undated manuscript forgery of "Salome," believed to be in the hand of Fabian Lloyd. The manuscripts also include holographs by Max Beerbohm, one dated 1894, relating to the author. The legal documents include agreements between the author and the American Play Company.
The correspondence includes letters, dating from 1880 to 1900, from the author to George Webb Appleton, Frank Harris, Arthur Humphreys, James Stanley Little, Aimee Lowther, E. W. Pratt, John Ruskin, James MacNeill Whistler, and others. There are also letters relating to the author, dating from [1881] to 1932, between various correspondents including Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, Herman Finck, Theodore Watts-Dunton, Bernard Shaw, Cynthia Stockley, the literary agency James B. Pinker and son, and others. There are letters to Wilde from W. F. Morse, Marie Prescott, John Ruskin, and A. P. Watt and son, dating from 1882 to 1891.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Berg Collection; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Oscar Wilde was a British poet, playwright, novelist, and critic.
Inventory list and card catalog available in repository.
Local Note
Creation of collection-level record funded with the generous support of the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation.
Processing Action
Will microfilm; 20080603
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Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. Picture of Dorian Gray.
Appleton, G. Webb (George Webb), 1845-1909.
Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956.
Douglas, Alfred Bruce, 1870-1945.
Finck, Herman, 1872-1939.
Harris, Frank, 1856-1931.
Humphreys, Arthur L. (Arthur Lee), 1865-1946.
Little, James Stanley.
Lowther, Aimee.
Morse, W. F.
Pratt, E. W.
Prescott, Marie.
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950.
Stockley Cynthia, 1883-1936.
Watts-Dunton, Theodore, 1832-1914.
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903.
Austrian, Alfred S.. Former owner
Berg, Albert Ashton, 1872-1950. Former owner
Berg, Henry W., 1858-1938. Former owner
Fletcher, Frank, 1870-1954. Former owner
Howe, W. T. H. (William Thomas Hildrup) Former owner
Le Gallienne, Richard, 1866-1947. Former owner
Stetson, John B., Jr. (John Batterson), 1884-1952. Former owner
Young, Owen D., 1874- Former owner
American Play Company.
A. P. Watt and Son.
James B. Pinker and Son.
American Play Company. Former owner
Research Call Number
Berg Coll MSS Wilde [Text]
*Z-10355 [Microfilm]
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