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Oscar Wilde's editorship

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Oscar Wilde before being widely recognized as a writer, a poet, was also an efficient & hardworking journalist. He was more into socializing & soon realized his inclination towards journalism.

This did not go unnoticed & got a job as an editor of a magazine. He was working for a magazine called Lady’s World. He thought it to be appropriate & as a result changed the name of the magazine to Women’s World.

The urge & the need to enter to enter the field of journalism came along with Wilde having a family to support. He started moving up the ladder in his field. He brought many welcome changes along with expanding the scope of the magazine.

He did so by including serious articles on subjects like culture & politics along with regular articles on fashion & arts. He even included fic tion as a part of the magazine. His own column ‘Literary & Other Notes’ started becoming popular.

Soon Wilde began to lose interest in his job. The initial enthusiasm & zest with which he had started his job gradually began to fade away. As result of decline in quality of the magazine, sales declined. He started writing less frequently for the magazine. Instead, in the spare time, he started writing his own works & published them.

The works included The Portrait of Mr. W.H. published in the Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. Wilde was now becoming less & less regular in his articles as well as in his duties.

Gradually his employer got fed up of him. There was no change in the attitude of Wilde in spite of repetitive warnings. In the end, he had to leave the job & move on. The magazine owing to high losses had faced a close down after publishing only one more volume post Oscar’s resignation.

After leaving the job, Wilde started paying more attention to his fiction writing. He wrote fiction short story describing motive behind Shakespeare’s sonnets.

He said that the sonnets were written out of his love for the boy actor & which is evident in two supposed puns within the sonnets. By the end of the story it becomes difficult to make out facts from fiction.

By FW Editor

Tags: writer, poet, journalism

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 12 April '10

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