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Lecture: Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years


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Oscar Wilde’s self-imposed European exile after his release from prison in 1897 until his death in Paris in 1900 has until now been regarded as the tragic coda to a brilliant career. Critically acclaimed author and scholar Dr. Nicholas Frankel will illuminate Wilde’s previously unexplored final years, during which he lived with remarkable spirit and determination, unapologetic about his lifestyle, keen to lend his voice to the cause of prison reform and determined to resurrect his literary career.

Nicholas Frankel, Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA, is the author and editor of many books about Oscar Wilde. He is the recipient of grants, awards and fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Yale Center for British Art, the Society for Textual Scholarship, and the Bibliographical Society of America. His annotated uncensored edition of Wilde’s novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray"was named a Stonewall Award Honor Book in 2012; this was followed in 2015 by "The Annotated Importance of Being Earnest". Both were published by Harvard University Press, as was his 2017 biography, "Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years," on which his present talk is based. In May 2018 Harvard will publish another of his annotated Wilde editions, "The Annotated Prison Writings of Oscar Wilde."

Advance ticket purchase is required. Preservation Society Members $10 / General Public $15