This is an excellent work in deciphering Lady Wilde's personal handwritten letters and correspondence. This final volume contains an invaluable source of new information to scholars reassessing the lives of the Wildes, studying the status of women, or working in the field of Irish literature. This volume of Lady Jane Wilde's letters contains letters to her daughter-in-law, Constance Wilde, her Swedish friend Fru Rosalie Olivecrona, the editor of the Nation, Charles Gavan Duffy, a family friend, Sir Thomas Larcom, and other friends and acquaintances. The letters reveal aspects of Lady Wilde's character and life and the nature of the relationship she enjoyed with the recipients of the letters. A selection of the letters written to her from a wide range of people is included, bearing testimony to the breadth of her interests and the value many placed on her friendship. The letters from and to Lady Wilde provide a truer picture of her than that of the often demeaning caricature found in many biographies, deeply coloured by the prejudices of the age and the malicious views of contemporaries emerging after Oscar Wilde's incarceration.
These letters, along with those in the three previous volumes, will be invaluable to scholars reassessing the lives of the Wildes, studying the status of women, or working in the field of Irish literature. They should also be of interest to readers fascinated by the brilliance, the achievements, and the tragedy that marked the Wilde family.
Introduction; Letters from Friends and Acquaintances to Lady Wilde; Editing the letters; Letters to Constance Wilde 1884-1893; Letters to friends and acquaintances; Letters to Fru Rosalie Olivecrona; Letter to Madame Lunberg; Letter to Lotten von Kraemer; Letter to Charles Gavan Duffy; Letter to Sir Thomas Larcom; Letter to Lady Larcom; Letter to William Carleton; Letter to Sir John Gilbert; Letter to Dr Robert Travers; Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; AND MORE.