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The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: Volume V: Plays I: The Duchess of Padua, Salome: Drame en un Acte, Salome: Tragedy in One Act

ISBN : 9780198119579

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¥41,426
Author: 
Joseph Donohue
Pages
800 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
147 x 221 mm
Pub date
Jul 2013
Series
Complete Works Oscar Wilde
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  • A new volume in the Oxford English Texts edition of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
  • Provides full critical editions of these three plays
  • Includes comprehensive, near-book length introductions, which set a fuller context for reading and understanding the plays
  • The first public edition of Duchess of Padua, making this important play available for the first time
  • The only edition of Salomé to identify and take into account all three manuscripts
  • Resolves long-standing questions of Wilde's hand in Douglas's translation of Salomé

  
This is the first collection of plays in the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde series edited by Ian Small. It contains full-dress critical editions, at the high editorial standard of the familiar Oxford English Texts series, encompassing all surviving manuscript material and all other relevant documents, of three of Wilde's plays: The Duchess of Padua, the original French Salomé, and the first English translation, by Lord Alfred Douglas. The edition contains comprehensive introductions and editorial introductions, as well as extensive annotations. The Duchess of Padua is one of two early plays by Wilde (the other being Vera; or, The Nihilists) that signify his youthful interest in making his mark on the contemporary theatre. They are imperfect works, but they show the real talent and definite promise that would be fulfilled, in the early 1890s, first with Lady Windermere's Fan (completed 1891, produced 1892) and then, almost simultaneously, with the next play in this volume, Wilde's French Salomé, written also in 1891, completed in 1892, but not published until 1893: his only work written in French. Douglas's translation, which left the author of the French work disappointed by its 'schoolboy' quality, is also included here since it was issued over Wilde's name (and dedicated to Douglas, 'the translator of my play') and is indisputably part of Wilde's oeuvre.

Index: 

General Introduction, Ian Small
Abbreviations
THE DUCHESS OF PADUA
Introduction
Editorial Introduction
Edition Text
Apparatus
Commentary
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
SALOMÉ: DRAME EN UN ACTE
Introduction
Editorial Introduction
Edition Text
Critical Apparatus
Appendix 1
Commentary
Commentary Appendix 2
SALOME: TRAGEDY IN ONE ACT
Introduction
Editorial Introduction
Edition Text
Appendix 1 Ross's Changes
Commentary

About the author: 

Edited by Joseph Donohue, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  
Joseph Donohue is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he taught from 1971 to 2005. He is a theatre historian and editor and scholar of dramatic text, having divided his professional time equally between historical studies of the theatre and drama of the Romantic age and of the later period of Oscar Wilde and his contemporaries. Author and editor of books, articles, and reference works, he published a prize-winning annotated edition of the reconstructed first-production text of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
  
  

Contributors:
Ian Small

"The edition elucidates points obscured by time in order to highligh literary, aural and inteelectual allusions in parallel, where possible, to contemporaneous reference works ... few would be in a position to fault Donohue's prodigious scholarship." - Tracy C. Davis, The Times Literary Supplement

"an excellent edition of these plays, far better than the existing alternatives." - John Peters, The Wildean

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