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‘A Wilde Idea’ from Punch, or the London Charivari

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Date

9 July, 1892

Identifier

Storage Journal AP101 P8

Publisher

London: Published at the Office, 85 Fleet Street

Abstract

Irish novelist, essayist, poet, and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was born into an intellectual and patriotic family. His mother, Jane, Lady Wilde (1821-1896), was a popular poet and Irish nationalist; his father, William Wilde (1815-1876) was an accomplished medical doctor and collector of Irish folktales. Instilled with the literary and political influences of his parents, Wilde established a reputation for himself as an intellectual and aesthete at the end of the nineteenth century. Here, the Punch cartoonist, John Bernard Partridge (1861-1945), imagines Wilde in soldier’s uniform, poking fun at Wilde’s national identity, the troubled production history of his French play Salome (1891), and English censorship.

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John Bernard Partridge, “‘A Wilde Idea’ from Punch, or the London Charivari,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed December 17, 2018, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10223.

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