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Wilde’s literary reputation has survived so much that I think it proof against any exhumation of articles which he or his admirers would have preferred to forget. As a matter of fact, I believe this volume will prove of unusual interest; some of the reviews are curiously prophetic; some are, of course, biassed by prejudice hostile or friendly; others are conceived in the author’s wittiest and happiest vein; only a few are colourless. And if, according to Lord Beaconsfield, the verdict of a continental nation may be regarded as that of posterity, Wilde is a much greater force in our literature than even friendly contemporaries ever supposed he would become.

It should be remembered, however, that at the time when most of these reviews were written Wilde had published scarcely any of the works by which his name has become famous in Europe, though the protagonist of the æsthetic movement was a well-known figure in Paris and London. (Summary from Introduction by Robert Ross)

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Prologue and Introduction 5:45 Read by braindouche
Dinners and Dishes 4:50 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A Modern Epic 5:48 Read by Patti Brugman
Shakespeare on Scenery 8:23 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A Bevy of Poets 9:15 Read by Patti Brugman
Parnassus Versus Philology 2:39 Read by Gesine
Hamlet at the Lyceum 10:16 Read by John Rose
Two New Novels (May 15, 1885) 3:31 Read by John Rose
Henry the Fourth at Oxford 10:24 Read by John Rose
Modern Greek Poetry 4:17 Read by John Rose
Olivia at the Lyceum 8:49 Read by John Rose
As You Like It at Coombe House 7:35 Read by Patti Brugman
A Handbook to Marriage 4:41 Read by Cori Samuel
Half-Hours with the Worst Authors 5:47 Read by Patti Brugman
One of Mr. Conway's Remainders 4:43 Read by Patti Brugman
To Read or Not to Read 3:38 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Twelfth Night at Oxford 4:50 Read by Patti Brugman
The Letters of a Great Woman 8:23 Read by J. M. Smallheer
News from Parnassus 8:10 Read by John Rose
Some Novels 7:26 Read by Tim Bulkeley
A Literary Pilgrim 5:44 Read by Philippa Willitts
Béranger in England 4:28 Read by Carl Manchester
The Poetry of the People 6:00 Read by Kevin McAsh
The Cenci 6:01 Read by Cori Samuel
Helena in Troas 8:04 Read by Karen Savage
Pleasing and Prattling 7:02 Read by Cori Samuel
Balzac in English 8:59 Read by Ezwa
Two New Novels (Sept. 16, 1880) 6:17 Read by Cori Samuel
Ben Jonson 10:16 Read by Cori Samuel
The Poets' Corner--I 6:17 Read by Cori Samuel
A Ride Through Morrocco 5:34 Read by Cori Samuel
The Children of the Poets 8:20 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
New Novels (October 28, 1886) 9:17 Read by John Rose
A Politician's Poetry 7:15 Read by John Rose
Mr. Symonds' History of the Renaissance 8:38 Read by cricket
A 'Jolly' Art Critic 12:52 Read by John Rose
A Sentimental Journey Through Literature 8:22 Read by Lizzie Driver
Common-Sense in Art 6:47 Read by Kevin McAsh
Miner and Minor Poets 10:00 Read by Lizzie Driver
A New Calendar 6:25 Read by Sarah Jennings
The Poets' Corner--II 8:08 Read by Carl Manchester
Great Writers by Little Men 9:08 Read by Karen Savage
A New Book on Dickens 6:01 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Our Book-Shelf 7:37 Read by Carl Manchester
A Cheap Edition of a Great Man 8:57 Read by Karen Savage
Mr. Morris's Odyssey 7:37 Read by Karen Savage
A Batch of Novels 9:07 Read by Robin Cotter
Some Novels 12:15 Read by Robin Cotter
The Poets' Corner--III 8:11 Read by Robin Cotter
Mr. Pater's Imaginary Portraits 8:35 Read by Robin Cotter
A Good Historical Novel 6:03 Read by Robin Cotter
New Novels (August 20, 1887) 5:45 Read by Robin Cotter
Two Biographies of Keats 9:54 Read by Leon Mire
A Scotchman on Scottish Poetry 6:50 Read by Karen Savage
Literary and Other Notes--I 47:35 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Mr. Mahaffy's New Book 14:29 Read by Lizzie Driver
Mr. Morris's Completion of the Odyssey 8:53 Read by Karen Savage
Sir Charles Bowen's Virgil 7:41 Read by Karen Savage
Literary and Other Notes--II 32:47 Read by cricket
Aristotle at Afternoon Tea 10:19 Read by Stoker Lyceum
Early Christian Art in Ireland 5:52 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Literary and Other Notes--III 44:12 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
The Poets' Corner--IV 13:35 Read by Philippa Willitts
Literary and Other Notes--IV 34:23 Read by Lizzie Driver
The Poets' Corner--V 9:55 Read by RedToby
Venus or Victory 10:27 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Literary and Other Notes--V 23:50 Read by Anna Simon
The Poets' Corner--VI 11:06 Read by RedToby
M. Caro on George Sand 9:52 Read by Sandra in Wales, United Kingdom
The Poets' Corner--VII 11:55 Read by RedToby
A Fascinating Book 25:00 Read by Sarah Jennings
The Poets' Corner--VIII 12:55 Read by Philippa Willitts
A Note on Some Modern Poets 30:56 Read by cricket
Sir Edwin Arnold's Last Volume 10:09 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Australian Poets 12:36 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Some Literary Notes--I 38:09 Read by Anna Simon
Poetry and Prison 9:36 Read by Christian Pecaut
The Gospel According to Walt Whitman 18:40 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
The New President 7:54 Read by Carl Manchester
Some Literary Notes--II 27:13 Read by cricket
One of the Bibles of the World 8:34 Read by Leon Mire
Poetical Socialists 7:15 Read by Carl Manchester
Mr. Brander Matthews' Essays 8:50 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Some Literary Notes--III 25:04 Read by cricket
Mr. William Morris's Last Book 10:05 Read by Greg Elmensdorp
Adam Lindsay Gordon 12:25 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
The Poets' Corner--IX 11:59 Read by Philippa Willitts
Some Literary Notes--IV 21:07 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Mr. Froude's Blue-Book 10:39 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Some Literary Notes--V 22:35 Read by cricket
Ouida's New Novel 10:29 Read by Lizzie Driver
Some Literary Notes--VI 22:37 Read by Gesine
A Thought-Reader's Novel 7:52 Read by Anna Simon
The Poets' Corner--X 11:13 Read by rachelellen
Mr. Swinburne's Last Volume 8:09 Read by rachelellen
Three New Poets 8:27 Read by rachelellen
A Chinese Sage 18:31 Read by Leon Mire
Mr. Pater's Last Volume 18:46 Read by spiritualbeing
Primavera 5:46 Read by Karen Savage
Index of Authors and Books Reviewed 18:46 Read by Cori Samuel