A Preface to Oscar Wilde provides a detailed study of the cultural, personal and political influences that shaped Wilde's writing. The study concentrates primarily on his fiction, critical dialogues and plays that were published between 1890 and 1895, and detailed accounts of Wilde's lesser known works such as his poetry, journalism and letters are also presented. The first section places his work in a variety of cultural contexts: Wilde's family life and his Irish inheritance are examined, the impact of his sexuality on his writing and reputation is considered, and a description is provided of how Wilde became a legendary figure in the arts. Major innovations and successes, such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome and The Importance of Being Earnest are related to avant garde movements of their day such as aestheticism, decadence, and symbolism. Reference sections provide supporting material such as a Wilde chronology, a glossary of terms and a bibliography for further study. Anne Varty sets out in this study to bring to life the work of Wilde, and to make his writing accessible to readers who are unfamiliar with his achievements. In so doing, she confronts the ethical drive of his work, and demonstrates the coherent evolution of his work from the aestheticism of the early poetry, through the sophisticated handling of theatre, to the dark self-scrutiny of autobiography. The comprehensive and accessible approach makes this a useful reference work to all who are studying Oscar Wilde, both at A Level and undergraduate level. The content will also appeal to the general reader who is seeking to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Wilde's work.
Designed as a guide for locals, new residents, and travelers seeking encounters with apparitions from the unique history of Seattle, this book will enable paranormal adventurers to see beyond the surface of various locations throughout the city, including locations near the Puget Sound. Detailed descriptions and historical background guide readers to sites of natural disasters, tragedies, criminal activities, and ghostly legends and lore. Within these pages Dwyer's extensive knowledge and research guarantee the reader many spectacular, well-informed accounts that will leave them spellbound.
The famous Victoria ghost who appeared to a tour group listening to her story, the little boy playing with a red ball in Nanaimo, the phantom "helper" in a restaurant kitchen - these are among the true stories in Robert Belyk's new Ghosts. Encounters with entities from a different reality do occur in the rational, modern world; the experiences collected here range from the colonial days to the year 2000. Many ghosts haunt private houses, but some are associated with public places and buildings, such as Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, the Vancouver General Hospital and the Qualicum Heritage Inn on Vancouver Island. Ghosts: True Tales of Eerie Encounters is an expanded and updated collection of stories , some of which first appeared in Ghosts: True Stories from British Columbia.
Both enlightening and entertaining, The Face in the Window is the first scholarly collection of ghostlore from throughout the state of Alabama. Alan Brown has traveled the state collecting stories and photographs illustrating the places that gave rise to the eerie tales. Brown re-creates the experience of actually hearing the tales by reproducing here each story exactly as it was told. In addition, he includes an analysis of the folk motifs and themes that run through the ghostlore commonly found in Alabama and examines their contribution to folk traditions.