Oscar Wilde’s Women

Oscar Wilde's Women cover image


Forty-minute Dramatic Reading
with Historical Slides


Oscar Wilde was a devoted son, an adoring husband, and a loyal friend. But neither his mother, the ardent Irish patriot Lady Wilde; nor his wife, the well-born Constance Lloyd Wilde; nor his good friend, the stylish novelist Ada Leverson seem to merit interest for themselves. Yet they were each interesting women, whose loyalty, if nothing else, commends them. This forty-minute dramatic reading of the letters and journal entries of Oscar Wilde’s Womenoffers insights into their experiences and examines the gifts and influences they brought not only to Wilde but to their communities.

The reading includes photos, such as that above of novelist Ada Leverson, from the Wilde Collection of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.