Victorians and the Hidden Self: Cultural Contexts for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Picture of Dorian Gray

How did writers and audiences in late Victorian England and America explore the idea of a hidden or double self? Originally published by Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom, 08.29.2017, Newberry Library, republished with permission for educational, non-commercial purposes. Introduction Why was the idea of a hidden or double self so appealing to writers and[…]

The Importance of Being Wilde: ‘The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name’

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Early Life and Education “I am not young enough to know everything” Oscar Fingal O’Flahterie Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October, 1854, the second of three children. His father, Sir William Wilde, was Ireland’s best oto-optamologic, knighted for[…]