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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

Including The Philosophy of Dress by Oscar Wilde

~ In Print for the First Time in 128 Years ~
In Book Form for the First Time Ever


Limited \ 100 copies | $125 (US dollars)

This book was produced by Bella Forte Bookbinding and Letterpress (Philadelphia) on Crane 100% cotton paper, hand sewn, and hand bound in Iris linen with a printed cover design by Joanna Darlington.


Fine Bibliophile Edition


For Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and Google Play Books.
$9.99 (US dollars)

Revised and updated with a new section of letters and now over 250 annotations.






It is rare that an important contribution by a major author goes unrecorded. Rarer still if the author is Oscar Wilde, the famous poet, writer, dramatist, and much quoted wit, who has been the subject of continual interest and analysis since his death in 1900. But such has been the fate of his 1885 essay The Philosophy Of Dress.

This work now forms the centerpiece of a unique collection of Wilde’s writings on dress and fashion. In the book, in addition to the essay, there are generously annotated and illustrated chapters that analyze the importance of dress to Wilde’s writing career, and a comprehensive review of the influences, trends, characters, and source material that informed his dress philosophy. As a compendium this book includes several period articles and letters by Wilde on dress and fashion, along with related, but rarely published, correspondence.

40+ illustrations and more than
250 footnotes and commentary

Oscar Wilde continues to be favorably reappraised as a one of the most culturally avant garde tastemakers of the nineteenth century. In an ever fashion-conscious world it is fitting that the themes explored, like the author himself, are still relevant. In this respect the book will be of historical value to fashion students and practitioners.

Includes letters directed to Wilde on dress previously unpublished in book form

Wilde’s relationship to dress is a previously overlooked aspect in his life and this book should prove to be of interest not only to Wildean scholars, but also to anyone who enjoys Wilde’s style of writing.

In the Media:

The Smart Set

Santa Fe New Mexican

The Victorian Web

Philadelphia Review of Books

New York Irish Arts



Haaretz (Hebrew)


The Strand Letters

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