A Wilde discovery
Whilst cataloguing the Robert Ross Memorial Collection, our Librarians have recently unearthed a literary treat in the form of three manuscript pages by Oscar Wilde. Once in the possession of Wilde’s literary executor Robert Ross, the pages found their way to Walter Ledger’s collection via mutual friend Christopher Millard. In Wilde’s unmistakable scrawl, the pages contain: a dedication of The Duchess of Padua to American actress Mary Anderson (1859-1940), lines perhaps intended for Vera; or the Nihilists, and lines from The Duchess of Padua.
As the work to catalogue and rehouse this collection continues, we hope to find many similar gems.
To learn more about the Robert Ross Memorial Collection, see our article.
Published: 1 April 2019