Cover of Woman's World

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
  • Biographical notes about authors
  • Biographical notes about illustrators
  • 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

300 pages

303 x 235mm

Price: £35

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

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  • Europe £20
  • Rest of World: £38

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