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Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture$
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Michele Mendelssohn

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623853

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623853.001.0001

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‘I Have Asked Henry James Not to Bring his Friend Oscar Wilde’: Daisy Miller, Washington Square and The Politics of Transatlantic Aestheticism

‘I Have Asked Henry James Not to Bring his Friend Oscar Wilde’: Daisy Miller, Washington Square and The Politics of Transatlantic Aestheticism

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(p.22) Chapter 1 ‘I Have Asked Henry James Not to Bring his Friend Oscar Wilde’: Daisy Miller, Washington Square and The Politics of Transatlantic Aestheticism
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Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture
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Michèle Mendelssohn

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623853.003.0002

This chapter focuses on Henry James's and Oscar Wilde's first documented meeting, in 1882. The tension between British and American culture is the most important aspect of transatlantic Aestheticism, and it is with this issue that this first chapter begins with an analysis of the politics underlying James's early stories of Americans abroad and Wilde's 1882 North American lecture tour. The chapter shows that James was deeply involved in the formulation and advancement of transatlantic Aestheticism and that he knowingly explored the movement's more popular and commercial incarnations. It examines James's early depictions of aesthetes in light of Wilde's self-presentation and George Du Maurier's illustrations for Punch and Washington Square. It shows that James developed, codified, and catalogued aesthetic modes of being long before Wilde entered on the scene, citing his novel Daisy Miller. It also reveals James's vigorous efforts to write an American narrative of Aestheticism's origins, and to create ex post facto a vibrant American prehistory for the ideas that imbued British Aestheticism.

Keywords:   Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Aestheticism, Washington Square, Punch, politics, aesthetes, George Du Maurier, illustrations, Daisy Miller

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