Publications – Books

A Vagabond with a missionOSCAR WILDE, A VAGABOND WITH A MISSION: THE STORY OF OSCAR WILDE’S LECTURE TOURS OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND
by GEOFF DIBB

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Geoff Dibb digs deep into ground over which Oscar’s biographers have so far merely skated. His tireless researches have produced a treasure trove of lecture extracts, contemporary press reports and ephemera that shine significant new light on a formative period in Wilde’s life and literary development.
JONATHAN FRYER, Writer and Broadcaster

OSCAR WILDE, A VAGABOND WITH A MISSION is the first comprehensive study of Wilde’s lecture tours of Great Britain and Ireland between 1883 and 1889. Using letters, memoirs, biographies, previously unpublished information and thousands of contemporary newspaper accounts, Geoff Dibb gives us a portrait of Wilde which we have never seen
before. Click here to read a review by Matthew Sturgis.

DEATH IN GENOA by Thomas Wright

The first edition of a new play by the author of OSCAR’S BOOKS.

Death in Genoa is an imaginative dramatic reconstruction of Oscar Wilde’s visit to his wife’s grave in Genoa, on 26 February 1899 (a poignant and little-known episode in his life), and of the time he spent in the Ligurian city. The drama is based on fact, but it is a work of fiction. A ‘Made in Manchester/Dark Smile’ production, the audio play Death in Genoa was uploaded to the website of The Independent newspaper in December 2009. In the audio drama Simon Callow plays Oscar Wilde and Samuel Barnett is Omero, a young Genoese rent-boy Wilde picks up who acts as his guide to the city. Thomas Wright’s unabridged script of the drama is published here (for the audio broadcast an entire scene was cut). The book contains a long preface by the author describing the historical context and composition of the play. It is illustrated with a number of evocative photographs of late nineteenth-century Genoa.

Death in Genoa is available direct from the Society at the reduced price of £4.00 inclusive of post and packing within the UK. For postage to other countries, contact Robert Whelan.

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