Welcome to the website for The Oscar Wilde Society!
"I have always had grave suspicions that the basis of all literary cliques is a morbid love of meat teas.
That makes them sadly uncivilised." - Oscar Wilde
Oscar said that in an interview for The Sketch. However, at the Oscar Wilde Society we believe that we have never
been regarded as a 'clique' and at none of our events, which are invariably the most civilised of occasions, has a
meat tea ever been served. Indeed, many of our members are glad to say that they have never seen a meat tea.
Founded in 1990, The Oscar Wilde Society is a literary society devoted to the congenial appreciation of Oscar Wilde.
It is a non-profit making organisation which aims to promote knowledge, appreciation and study of Wilde's life, personality, and works.
It organises lectures, readings, and discussions about Wilde and his works, and visits to places associated with him.
The Society's Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, "The Wildean", is published twice a year. The illustrated Newsletter Journal "Intentions" is published six times a year.
WILDE IN THE THEATRE
Some idea of the lasting appeal of Oscar Wilde can be obtained from the number of productions of his works and plays about his life.
Click here for a collection of programmes of these performances, including the archive of Neil Titley's one man show Work is the Curse of the Drinking Classes, which has toured the world for many years.
The Society will be issuing its third publication at the end of November - in time for Christmas:
Oscar Wilde, A Vagabond With a Mission: The Story of Oscar Wilde’s Lecture Tours of Britain and Ireland
by Geoff Dibb.
This hardback, fully illustrated in colour and black and white tells for the first time the story of Wilde’s lecture tours of Great Britain and Ireland
Full details and a purchase form are on the Publications page.
“... a treasure trove of lecture extracts, contemporary press reports and
ephemera that shine significant new light on a formative period in Wilde’s life and literary development”
Please take a look around for information on Oscar Wilde and The Oscar Wilde Society. You can also find out about our
forthcoming events and discover how you can join the Society.
To view a copy of the Society's Constitution, please click here.