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Making History: Oscar Wilde Lecture with Merlin Holland

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Confounding the critics and surviving the scandal: the remarkable reputation of Oscar Wilde examines Wilde in the context of the 1890s and addresses the question of why he is so enduringly popular. The lecture considers why his work has such resonance for readers and playgoers of the new millennium, despite long periods in the last 100 years when he was considered something of a second-rate author. A sexual, political and literary rebel as popular now as he was often unpopular then.


Merlin Holland is Oscar Wilde's only grandson. He has been researching Wilde's life for more than twenty years and has published several books on his grandfather. He is the coeditor of The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde.

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