Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Oscar Project: Day 10 of 365

My head hurts.  Not like a headache, just that overwhelmed feeling I get when studying, cramming knowledge into nooks and crannies as quickly as I can.  But it is done, this list—at last—is done, and now I can commence with reading.  My biggest surprise was that I actually have everything.  Well, with three exceptions, but I'll get to that in a bit.  Though if you were to ask M'Colleague, I don't think he'd be terribly surprised.  The list is at the end of this post.

I was able to find it all in just ten books, plus one e-book, which means I won't have to constantly be jumping amongst a huge number of volumes.  I actually could have gotten away with it in seven (that Complete Works volume is actually quite true to its name) but I wanted to be able to take Dorian Gray, the short stories, and De Profundis with me in a more purse-friendly manner, as they're the more long form offerings.

Here are the ten books which will be my companions for the next year, also with that absurdly pink version of Complete Works I'd mentioned last week, for good measure:
It will now return to my car.
There have been a small number of letters that have been uncovered in the handful of years since the Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde and A Life In Letters were published, but those shouldn't be difficult to find online.  There are, however, three obscure works which are not included in any published collection, and are either stupidly expensive or nigh-impossible to find online.  I'm looking at you, The Oscar Wilde Society.  I just cannot justify £40 annually to get your periodic publications sent to me stateside and (presumably) access to That One Damn Essay.  Perhaps some day this will seem an insignificant expense, but sadly not right now.

The three in question are below, and are marked by an * on the list:
The Women of Homer, an essay written in 1876, during Oscar's Oxford days.  Held fast in the clutches of The Oscar Wilde Society, and seemingly unavailable anywhere else, unless one has hundreds of pounds/dollars for an out of print version.
An article on the painter Henry O'Neill, which Oscar published anonymously in "Saunders News-Letter" in Dublin, in 1877.  I will still try to look for this online, but so far no luck.
Fire at Sea, a translation of a French short story, ca. 1886.  From everything I can find, it was printed on a 25-page quarto folio, not sure how many copies, and that's about it.  Again, I'll continue to look for this one as well.

So here we have it, the master list of works by Oscar Wilde, not including individual letters, which I intend to read in groups by year.  Two works, a play fragment and a poem, were published posthumously by Robert Ross, and those dates are used.  The final count is:  67 essays and reviews, 6 lectures, 9 plays, 14 short stories, 95 poems, 1 Dorian Gray, and 1 De Profundis for a total of 193 unique pieces.  And the trial transcript.  And all those letters...

I'm beyond excited to have completed this list and be able to get on with the reading.  Wish me luck!

Year of Publication Title Category
1875 San Miniato Poem
1875 Chorus of Cloud Maidens Poem
1876 From Spring Days to Winter Poem
1876 La Bella Donna della mia Mente Poem
1876 The Dole of the King’s Daughter Poem
1876 Rome Unvisited Poem
1876 The Rise of Historical Criticism Essay
1876 *The Women of Homer Essay
1877 Sonnet on approaching Italy Poem
1877 Sonnet written in Holy Week at Genoa Poem
1877 Urbs Sacra Æterna Poem
1877 The Grave of Keats Poem
1877 The Tomb of Keats Essay
1877 *Article on Henry O'Neill, Saunders' Newsletter Essay
1877 Vita Nuova Poem
1877 A Fragment from the Agamemnon of Aeschylos Poem
1877 A Vision Poem
1877 Madonna Mia Poem
1877 Wasted Days Poem
1878 Ravenna Poem
1878 Ave Maria Gratia plena Poem
1878 ΘΡΗΝΩΔΙΑ (A Song of Lamentation) (exact date unknown, assuming college) Poem
1879 Athanasia Poem
1879 Easter Day Poem
1879 Phêdre (A Sonnet to Sarah Bernhardt) Poem
1879 Queen Henrietta Maria Essay
1879 The New Helen/ Poem
1879 Ballade de Marguerite Poem
1880 Vera; or, The Nihilists Play
1880 Impression de Voyage Poem
1880 Ave Imperatrix Poem
1880 Pan, A Villanelle Essay
1880 Libertatis Sacra Fames Poem
1880 The Artist's Dream or Sen Artysty Poem
1881 Serenade Poem
1881 Impression du Matin Poem
1881 La Fuite de la Lune Poem
1881 Les Silhouettes Poem
1881 Amor Intellectualis Poem
1881 Apologia Poem
1881 At Verona Poem
1881 Camma/ Poem
1881 Chanson Poem
1881 Charmides  Poem
1881 E Tenebris Poem
1881 Endymion Poem
1881 Fabien dei Franchi, Camma Poem
1881 Helas  Poem
1881 Her Voice Poem
1881 Humanitad Poem
1881 Impression: Le Reveillon Poem
1881 Impressions du Théatre: Poem
1881 In the Gold Room: a Harmony Poem
1881 Italia Poem
1881 Louis Napoleon Poem
1881 Magdalen Walks Poem
1881 My Voice Poem
1881 Panthea Poem
1881 Portia Poem
1881 Quantum Mutata Poem
1881 Quia Multum amavi Poem
1881 Requiescat Poem
1881 Santa Decca Poem
1881 Silentium Amoris Poem
1881 Sonnet on hearing the Dies Iræ sung in the Sistine Chapel Poem
1881 Sonnet on the Massacre of the Christians in Bulgaria Poem
1881 Sonnet to Liberty Poem
1881 Tædium Vitæ Poem
1881 The Burden of Itys Poem
1881 The Garden of Eros  Poem
1881 The Grave of Shelley Poem
1881 Theocritus: a Villanelle Poem
1881 Theoretikos/ Poem
1881 To Milton Poem
1881 ΓΛΥΚΥΠΙΚΡΟΕ ΕΡΩΣ (Flower of Love) Poem
1881 Impressions: Poem
1881 By the Arno/ Poem
1881 La Mer Poem
1881 Lotus Leaves Poem
1881 On the Sale by Auction of Keats' Love Letters Poem
1881 The True Knowledge Poem
1881 Under The Balcony Poem
1881 With A Copy of "A House of Pomegranates" Poem
1881 Le Jardin des Tuileries Poem
1882 L'Envoi Essay
1882 The Irish Poets of '48 Lecture
1882 House Decoration Lecture
1882 Mrs. Langtry as Hester Grazebrook Essay
1882 Art and the Handicraftsman Lecture
1882 The English Renaissance of Art Lecture
1883 The Duchess of Padua Play
1883 Lecture to Art Students Lecture
1883 Personal Impressions of America Lecture
1884 Woman's Dress Essay
1885 Mr. Whistler's Ten o'clock Essay
1885 The Relation of Dress to Art Essay
1885 Dinners and Dishes Essay
1885 Shakespeare on Scenery Essay
1885 The Harlot's House Poem
1885 Hamlet at the Lyceum Essay
1885 Henry IV at Oxford Essay
1885 The Truth of Masks Essay
1885 Roses and Rue (to L.L.) Poem
1885 A Handbook to Marriage Essay
1885 Aristotle at Afternoon Tea Essay
1885 The Philosophy of Dress Essay
1886 *A Fire at Sea, translation Story
1886 Keats's Sonnet on Blue Essay
1886 Balzac in English Essay
1886 Ben Johnson Essay
1886 A "Jolly" Art Critic Essay
1886 [George Saintsbury] "Half Hours with the Worst Authors Essay
1886 To Read or Not to Read Essay
1886 Two Biographies of Sir Philip Sidney Essay
1887 The Canterville Ghost Story
1887 Great Writers by Little Men Essay
1887 The American Invasion Essay
1887 A Cheap Edition of a Great Man Essay
1887 Injury & Insult Essay
1887 The Sphinx Without a Secret Story
1887 Mr. Pater's Imaginary Portraits Essay
1887 The Model Millionaire Story
1887 Two Biographies of Keats Essay
1887 Lord Arthur Saville's Crime Story
1887 Fantaisies Décoratives Poem
1887 [Dostoevsky's The Insulted and Injured] Essay
1887 A New Book on Dickens Essay
1887 Mr. Mahaffy's New Book [Greek Life and Thought] Essay
1887 The American Man Essay
1887 The Butterfly's Boswel Essay
1887 The Poets and the People Essay
1887 The Rout of the R[oyal] A[cademy] Essay
1887 William Morris's Odyssey Essay
1888 Canzonet Poem
1888 From the Poets' Corner Essay
1888 The Devoted Friend Story
1888 The Happy Prince Story
1888 The Nightingale and the Rose Story
1888 The Remarkable Rocket Story
1888 The Selfish Giant Story
1888 English Poetesses Essay
1888 Sir Edwin Arnold's Last Volume Essay
1888 The Young King Story
1888 [Poems by Henley and Sharpe] Essay
1888 M, Caro on George Sand Essay
1889 London Models Essay
1889 Pen, Pencil and Poison Essay
1889 The Decay of Lying Essay
1889 The New President [of the Royal Society of British Artists] Essay
1889 Some Literary Notes Essay
1889 Symphony in Yellow Poem
1889 Further Literary Notes Essay
1889 The Birthday of the Infanta Story
1889 The Portrait of Mr. W. H.  Story
1889 In The Forest Poem
1889 [Yeats's Fairy and Folk Tales] Essay
1889 [Yeats's The Wanderings of Oisin] Essay
1889 Mr. Froude's Blue Book [on Ireland] Essay
1889 Mr. Swinburne's Last Volume Essay
1889 Ouida's New Novel [Guilderoy] Essay
1889 Poetry and Prison Essay
1889 The Gospel According to Walt Whitman Essay
1890 The Soul of Man Under Socialism Essay
1890 A Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray Essay
1890 The Critic As Artist Essay
1890 The Picture of Dorian Gray Novel
1890 [Defense of Dorian Gray] (letters to the press) Essay
1890 A Chinese Sage [Confucius] Essay
1890 Mr. Pater's Last Volume [Appreciations] Essay
1891 The Fisherman and his Soul Story
1891 The Star-Child Story
1891 Salome Play
1891 The New Remorse Poem
1892 Lady Windermere's Fan Play
1893 The House of Judgement Poem
1893 A Woman of No Importance Play
1893 The Disciple Poem
1893 To My Wife Poem
1894 The Sphinx Poem
1894 The Artist Poem
1894 The Doer of Good Poem
1894 The Master Poem
1894 The Teacher of Wisdom Poem
1894 A Few Maxims For the Instruction of the Over-Educated Essay
1894 Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young Essay
1894 La Sainte Courtisane Play
1895 An Ideal Husband Play
1895 The Importance of Being Earnest Play
1897 De Profundis Letter
1898 The Ballad of Reading Gaol Poem
1908 A Florentine Tragedy Play
1909 Desespoir Poem

1 comment:

  1. I am really impressed with your book collection and also profoundly jealous. Coud you telll me from which book the quote about a well-made buttonhole comes? It is really important to me and I have searched everywhere. I went through lectures, essays and a couple of plays. I am positive it is not from Dorian Grey, because that one I know by heart. I woud be immensely greatful for any hint you could give me - I am writing an MA thesis about Wilde and I really think that sentence makes a clear statement about Wilde's attitude towards the correspondance of art and nature.
    It is so nice to find other Wilde's aficionados, <3 I am gonna visist you here sometimes.