The Woman’s World

Selected Articles from The Woman’s World
The Joan Winchell Edition

Between 1887 and 1889 Oscar Wilde was the editor of a women’s monthly magazine called The Woman’s World. It was published by Cassell and Company, Ltd., and when he was asked to take it over it was called The Lady’s World. Wilde changed the title because he wanted to change the magazine. Instead of majoring on fashion, he told Thomas Wemyss Reid, the general manager of Cassell, it ‘should be made the recognised organ for the expression of women’s opinions on all subjects of literature, art, and modern life’.

Until recently, the significance of the two years Wilde spent editing The Woman’s World has been under-investigated, and, worse, misrepresented. Wilde’s tenure with Cassell was short-lived. His achievements as editor are overshadowed by the brilliant work he produced subsequently, and by tragic events in his turbulent private life. Yet this was a pivotal time in his career. His vision for the magazine was far-reaching and forward-thinking.

In order to show the extremely high standard of writing and illustration that characterised The Woman’s World under Oscar Wilde’s editorship, the Oscar Wilde Society is proud to announce the publication of the Joan Winchell edition of Selected Articles from The Woman’s World, chosen, annotated and with an introduction by Eleanor Fitzsimons. The volume will include:

  • 30 articles, never reprinted since the 1880s, covering women in politics, education, literature, the arts, careers and travel
  • 84 illustrations including some full-page illustrations reproduced at original size, and providing fine examples of the transition in reproduction techniques from wood engraving to line-block and half-tone photo-mechanical processes
  • Biographical notes about authors, who include Marie Corelli, Ouida, Constance Wilde, Lady Wilde and Arthur Balfour
  • Biographical notes about illustrators, including Walter Crane and Charles Ricketts
  • Introduction by Eleanor Fitzsimons covering the importance of The Woman’s World in Oscar Wilde’s career, in the publishing environment of his time, and in late nineteenth-century feminism and women’s rights

320 pages
303 x 235mm (original size) on high-quality paper
Linen-bound cover with gold-foiled title
Endpapers by E. W. Godwin
ISBN 978-0-9560120-4-3

Price: £35

Pre-publication offer, available until 31 August: £30

Postage and packing:

  • UK £5.70
  • Europe £20
  • Rest of World: £38

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