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4 December 2009
WILDE, Oscar (1854-1900). Autograph letter signed ("Oscar"), to "dear Phil," London, n.d. 1 page, 8vo, 16 Tite Street stationery.
"I AM AT WAR WITH THE ACADEMY." A short letter from an indisposed Wilde: "I have been very ill with a nervous fever, am just getting better, will do what I can, but I am at war with the academy." This possibly refers to The Academy magazine, towards whom Wilde was often at loggerheads. Not in Holland and Hart-Davis The Complete Letters.
[With]: WILDE. Autograph envelope addressed to Leonard Smithers (1861-1907), postmarked Paris, 1 March 1900. 1p., oblong (4¼ x 5¾in.) A late envelope to Wilde's last benefactor, the noted book seller and publisher of symbolist and erotic literature. Smithers was the only London publisher willing to issue "The Ballad of Reading Gaol." He boasted that he would "publish anything that the others are afraid of." Wilde once described him as "the most learned erotomaniac in Europe. He is also a delightful companion, and a dear fellow, very kind to me."
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