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Oscar Wilde in Special Collections

Mysteries of Udolpho, 1828 (BC Gen/RAD)
An introduction to the history of Gothic Fiction, through books and manuscripts in Special Collections at the University of Leeds Library.
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Northanger Abbey 1837 frontispiece (English L-32/AUS)
Introduction to 'Northanger Abbey' by Jane Austen.
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Mysteries of Udolpho, 1828 (BC Gen/RAD). Fontispiece
19th century novels in Special Collections
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Frankenstein : or, The modern Prometheus (BC NCC/SHE)
Introduction to 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley.
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Frankenstein_1823_title page
Description of the Novello Cowden Clark collection
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Jane Eyre, second edition title page
Introduction to 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, first published in 1794.
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BC MS 19c Brontë/C2
Bronte Family Manuscripts in Special Collections
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Illustrations from In a Glass Darkly by J Sheridan Le Fanu (c) Edward Ardizzone (1929)
Introduction to 'In a Glass Darkly' by Sheridan le Fanu.
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Illustrations from In a Glass Darkly by J Sheridan Le Fanu (c) Edward Ardizzone (1929)
Introduction to 'In a Glass Darkly' by Sheridan le Fanu.
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Picture of Dorian Gray, Lippincott's Magazine cover
Introduction to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde.
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Title page,  Oscar Wilde, Duchess of Padua
Introduction to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde.
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BC MS Stoker/STO Front Cover
Introduction to 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker.
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Robert Leighton Letter to Bram Stoker 1
Bram Stoker Manuscripts and letters in Special Collections
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Twentieth century gothic fiction in Special Collections Literary Archives
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Further reading on Northanger Abbey
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Special Collections holds a small but significant collection of manuscripts and letters by Oscar Wilde. The image seen here is of the title page of the manuscript for Wilde's early play, The Duchess of Padua.

The Wilde material is a key part of the Fay and Geoffrey Elliott Collection. The Elliots began collecting the work of Oscar Wilde in the late 1970s with the intention of acquiring items worthy of any collection in the world, in the knowledge that they could not rival longer-established Wilde collections in size. The Duchess of Padua manuscript was acquired in 1993 and much of their later collecting focussed on Wilde and his contemporaries - including original material from people such as Aubrey Beardsley and Baron Corvo (Frederick William Rolfe).