Frequently Asked Questions about Oscar Wilde

Where can I find the source of a Wilde quotation?

Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett contains several pages of quotations from Wilde and is available in almost any library.

Where can I find criticism and commentary about Wilde's life and work?

The best place to begin your research is with a reference librarian at your school or public library. The MLA Bibliography is the primary index for articles about literature, languages, linguistics, folklore and is the best place to find recent scholarship on Wilde. Books about Wilde, his works, and his circle can be found in your library's computer or card catalogue under the subject heading "Wilde, Oscar."

Is there any reliable information about Wilde available through the Internet?

Although information on the internet is rarely as authoritative or accurate as print resources, there are numerous web sites devoted to all aspects of Oscar Wilde's life and career. A large collection of links to these sites can be found here: The World-Wide Wilde Web

What research materials are available in the Fales Library and Special Collections?

The materials included in the Reading Wilde, Querying Spaces exhibition are available to scholars visiting the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University. If you have questions about our book and manuscript holdings for Oscar Wilde, or other English or American authors of the nineteenth or twentieth centuries, you can send an e-mail to the Fales librarians at this address:

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