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Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture

Michele Mendelssohn


This book, a sustained reading of Henry James's and Oscar Wilde's relationship, reveals why the antagonisms between these authors are symptomatic of the cultural oppositions within Aestheticism itself. The book also shows how these conflicting energies animated the late nineteenth century's most exciting transatlantic cultural enterprise. Richly illustrated and historically detailed, this study of James's and Wilde's intricate, decades-long relationship brings to light Aestheticism's truly transatlantic nature through close readings of both authors' works, as well as nineteenth-century art, pe ... More

Keywords: Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Aestheticism, nineteenth century, transatlantic cultural enterprise, visual arts, decorative arts, George Du Maurier, James McNeill Whistler

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623853
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Mendelssohn, author