Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories | Critical Essay by Linda Dryden

This literature criticism consists of approximately 7 pages of analysis & critique of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories.
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SOURCE: Dryden, Linda. “Oscar Wilde: Gothic Ironies and Terrible Dualities.” In The Modern Gothic and Literary Doubles: Stevenson, Wilde and Wells, pp. 110-14. Hampshire, England: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003.

In the following excerpt, Dryden explores Wilde's synthesis of social satire and the Gothic conventions in “The Canterville Ghost” and “Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.”

A horror one dare not express.

—Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan

In The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde wrote a tale that synthesized Gothic conventions like the magic picture, duality and physical mutability. In some of his later stories he added a comic irony to the Gothic mode that he had explored in Dorian Gray, and thus lampooned the traditions he had used to such effect in the novel. Wolfreys argues that the ‘gothic is to be found...

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