Video of the Week: The World's greatest collection of Oscar Wilde at the Clark Library

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2015-06-26 12:25:44

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Video of the Week: The World's greatest collection of Oscar Wilde at the Clark Library

The Los Angeles library boasts an incredible range of autograph and printed material

The Clark Library has the best collection of Oscar Wilde material in the world - a great feat for one of the most highly-regarded and perhaps the most quotable figures in all of literature.

The Clark Library has more Wilde material than the British Museum

A collection such as this, whether private or public, offers a chance to look back in time from the current version of a given book or play and see the revisions and recreations through the different editions, and even back into the author's mind with handwritten and/or corrected text.

It provides an excellent demonstration of why collectors covet the earlier versions of Wilde, and why autograph manuscripts can be so valuable, such as Jane Austen's The Watsons.

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