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"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 five times a year.


The Society's third publication is now available.

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”

Jonathan Fryer

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.

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