Oscar Wilde pp 374-382 | Cite as

A Reminiscence of 1898

  • Wilfred Hugh Chesson


In 1894 I saw a manuscript by a very well-known woman author lying — a new and purchased commodity — upon the table of a famous publisher. The publisher was a liberal in politics and religion; his catalogue, impressively comprehensive, almost declared him to be the patron of Thought, pure, unspecified, unadjectived. The publisher turned over the preliminary pages of the manuscript and read these words:

To Oscar Wilde, with admiration.

‘I’m not going to print that,’ he said, and a faithful pencil chained to his person pounced upon the offending dedication and slew it.


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  1. 4.
    Oscar Wilde, ‘The Case of Warder Martin’, Daily Chronicle (London), (28 May 1897) p. 9.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    Arthur Symons, ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’, The Saturday Review (London), lxxxv (12 Mar 1898) 365–6.Google Scholar

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