The third edition incorporates texts which were previously only available in difficult-to-obtain form as well as corrections and emendations to the text by the critic and columnist Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde's grandson. It also includes newly commissioned introductions to the poems, plays, stories and selected letters and journalism from such contributors as the biographer and critic Owen Dudley Edwards, and the Irish poet and scholar Declan Kiberd. The book retains the 1966 introduction by Oscar Wilde's son, Vyvyan Holland, and now also has a new introduction by Merlin Holland, explaining the significance of the text, with his observations on the public interest of the biography of Wilde by Richard Ellman.
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The appearance of this first volume in the new Oxford series of Wilde's complete works is a significant event for all students of the writer. For the first time, all Wilde's known surviving poems are collected together, including twenty-one which were not published during his lifetime ( Review of Engish Studies)
The editorial apparatus is meticulous and exhaustive ... As ancillary evidence for Wilde's later importance as a major cultural phenomenon, they [the poems] will reward more serious attention from scholars than they have previously received, and to that end this edition will deservedly become a standard work ( Review of Engish Studies)
Continuously in print since 1948, the Collins 'Complete Works of Oscar Wilde' has long been established as the most comprehensive and authoritative single-volume collection of Wilde's work available, containing his only novel, ' The Pictures of Dorian Gray', as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters, all in their most authoritative texts. This new and expanded edition now includes
• all the plays and stories
• additional essays and poems
• newly commissioned introductions to each section by Merlin Holland, Owen Dudley Edwards, Declan Kiberd and Terence Brown
• a chronological table of Oscar Wilde's life and work
This book retains the 1966 general introduction by Oscar Wilde's son, Vyvyan Holland, with a new introduction by his grandson, Merlin Holland. Also included is a comprehensive biography of works by and about Oscar Wilde.
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