Video of the Week: The World's greatest collection of Oscar Wilde at the Clark Library
The Clark Library has the best collection of Oscar Wilde material in the world - a great feat for one of the most highly-regarded and perhaps the most quotable figures in all of literature.
The Clark Library has more Wilde material than the British Museum

A collection such as this, whether private or public, offers a chance to look back in time from the current version of a given book or play and see the revisions and recreations through the different editions, and even back into the author's mind with handwritten and/or corrected text.

It provides an excellent demonstration of why collectors covet the earlier versions of Wilde, and why autograph manuscripts can be so valuable, such as Jane Austen's The Watsons.

 

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