Wilde's hotel, Austen's Bath and other places in and around London to stay this summer

Want to go to the Summer Olympics in London but wary of hotel prices? There’s still rooms to be had but prices are going up and even cabinet ministers like Bev Oda may find costs a little steep. The Cadogan Hotel in London which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year has availability still for the Games. Oscar Wilde stayed in room 118 when he was arrested in 1895 and charged […]


Literary History Today March 9: Auden reviews Wilde's life

In a New Yorker review of Oscar Wilde’s letters published on this day in 1963, W.E. Auden wrote “From the beginning Wilde performed his life and continued to do so even after fate had taken the plot out of his hands.”    


Today in Literary History Jan. 12: Oscar Wilde writes about Henry James

On this day in 1899, Oscar Wilde, in a letter to Canadian journalist Robert Ross, believed to have been his first male lover, writes: “Henry James is developing, but he will never arrive at passion, I fear.”


Oscar Wilde arrived in NYC this week in 1882

Just finished reading Richard Ellmann’s biography of Oscar Wilde published a couple of decades ago.


This Week in Literary History: Nov. 26 to 30

Nov. 26: Oxford lecturer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, sends a handwritten manuscript to 10-year-old Alice Liddell.