12 December 2000, 18.15-19.15
Dudley Edwards discusses
Irishness of Oscar Wilde
The beauty of Wildes poetry and prose, the charm of his witty conversation
and dramatic dialogue belong to the tradition of the Celtic Twilight as
much as that of any other Irish author. But how much was he merely an
Owen Dudley Edwards was born in Dublin and educated at the Jesuit Belvedere
College and University College Dublin. He has taught at a number of universities,
mostly in the USA, and is currently Reader in History at the University
of Edinburgh. He is the author and editor of many books, including The
Fireworks of Oscar Wilde (1989), and is an expert on the Sherlock
Holmes stories. He has also edited the Collins Complete Works of Oscar
Wilde and a volume on the writings by and about Wilde in prison, to
be published by Penguin in 2001.
am not English, I am Irish - which is quite another thing."