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Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, author.

[S.l.: s.n.], [ca. 1890]

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  • Title:
  • Author: Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, author.
  • Contributor: Gabrielle Enthoven 1868-1950.;
    Aimée Lowther 1871-1935.;
    Vyvyan Beresford Holland 1886-1967.
  • Subjects: Prose poems, English -- 19th century
  • Publication Details: [S.l.: s.n.], [ca. 1890]
  • Language: English
  • Description: Contents: The poet - The actress - Simon of Cyrene - Jezabel.
  • Identifier: System number: 001031394
  • Notes: Title from front cover.
    Four prose poems, apparently told by Oscar Wilde and written down from memory by Gabrielle Enthoven, who had them printed in pamphlet form. In 1912 the stories appeared in "Mask", claiming to be written out by Aimée Lowther who was told them as a child by Wilde. Rupert Hart-Davies (Letters of Oscar Wilde, 1962, p. 809) speculates that she may have used a copy of "Echoes" as the authority for her versions. Wilde refers to "The poet" in a letter to Lowther ca.1899.
  • Physical Description: 12 p.; 23 cm.
  • Copy Note: Ownership: Copy at C.100.e.22. Presented to the British Museum in 1948 by Gabrielle Enthoven. With 2 letters (1 MS. and 1 typescript) dated Mar. 1948, explaining how she used to visit Wilde at Tite St when she was younger, and she probably heard these stories around 1890. She used to write them down as soon as he had left in order to remember them. A friend who had a small printing press printed 5 or 6 copies of the stories for her, she cannot remember who it was.
    Ownership: Copy at Eccles 651. Manuscript inscription on page [1]: "This little book of echoes of a voice which is given to his son on his 21st birthday." Further inscription in the same hand below: "Given to me on my 21st birthday by Miss Aimeé Lowther who wrote it. The stories were printed in 'Son of Oscar Wilde.' Vyvyan Holland [in Appendix C]."
    Binding information: In a crinkly purple paper wrapper, tied with string.
    Binding information: Copy at Eccles 651. In a quarter purple goatskin slipcase.
  • Shelfmark(s): General Reference Collection C.100.e.22.
    General Reference Collection Eccles 651.
  • UIN: BLL01001031394

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