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Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture

Michèle Mendelssohn

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • The first study devoted exclusively to Wilde and James, who are the most important Irish and American nineteenth-century authors
  • Rewrites standard assumptions about James's and Wilde's relationship and traces its implications for British and American Aestheticism
  • Redefines Aestheticism and offers full re-readings of late nineteenth-century literature, visual and material culture, theatre, as well as psychology and sexual identity
  • Refers to several previously unpublished letters by Henry James
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