September 21, 2023

Foss Presents Paper on Oscar Wilde

Chris Foss, Professor of English, presented a paper entitled “Gothic Decadence: Tracing Transformations of Byron and Shelley in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray” at the annual meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association on April 4 in Harrisburg, Pa.


  1. :Professor Foss


    See, then click on “”Oscar Wilde””. You will see a recently discovered photograph of Oscar Wilde, not known to have existed, It was likely made in 1882 by a street ambrotypist.

    • chris foss says

      This is an intriguing image, certainly not one I’ve ever seen before; there is definitely a resemblance. I am far from an expert on images of Wilde, so I’d be interested to hear what other scholars think of this image. I’m not sure I think the nose and lips seem an exact match, but, again, I’m no expert. The best points of comparison would be the Napoleon Sarony pictures, which the famous photographer took of Wilde in 1882 shortly after his arrival in America..