WILDE, OSCAR. 1854-1900. Autograph Manuscript, 1 p, folio (330 x 202 mm), in ink, being a partial draft of an untitled poem:
Lot 24
WILDE, OSCAR. 1854-1900.
Autograph Manuscript, 1 p, folio (330 x 202 mm), in ink, being a partial draft of an untitled poem:
US$ 50,000 - 70,000
£ 39,000 - 55,000

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WILDE, OSCAR. 1854-1900.
Autograph Manuscript, 1 p, folio (330 x 202 mm), in ink, being a partial draft of an untitled poem: "Every morning the Poet went out of the gate of the city, and went into the waste land and wandered through it., and at evening he returned to the city and the people met him at the gate and said to him what and he told them of wonderful things, saying that he had seen them. Now one day, as he was sitting ... " with some corrections. Creases, browning, minor marginal chipping, expertly laid down on Japan paper.

MANUSCRIPT DRAFT OF AN UNKNOWN WILDE POEM. Although unsigned and undated, this draft fragment would seem to date from around the 1890s. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, Volume 1: Poems and Poems in Prose, (edited by Bobby Fong and Karl Beckson, Oxford University Press, 2000), notes that a copy of this manuscript was given to the editors by Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson. The editors correlate the text to a story that appeared in Vyvyan Holland's Son of Oscar Wilde, entitled The Poet, as well as a similar story that appeared in the pamphlet Echoes by Gabrielle Enthoven. These consisted of stories told by Wilde verbally, and transcribed by Holland and Enthoven. Yet another version, by Aimée Lowther, later appeared in Mask: A Quarterly Journal of the Art of the Theatre in 1912, and was possibly derived from Enthoven's version, but Fong and Beckson point out that a letter to Lowther from Wilde dated 1899 asked her not to publish the "little poem in prose I call 'The Poet'," because he intended to publish it in an unnamed magazine. That published version appears to have never come to fruition. Although the text of The Poet as published by these other authors is significantly different, this fragment "supports the claim that the text of 'The Poet' was indeed derived from a story told by Wilde...." (Fong and Beckson).
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