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Wilde, Oscar
Estimation
10 00012 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT
313
Wilde, Oscar
Estimation
10 00012 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Wilde, Oscar
Autograph letter signed ("Oscar Wilde"), 4 pages on bifolium (6 5/8 x 4 7/8 in.; 167 x 126 mm) on his Tite Street letterhead, London, 1892–95, to Aimée Daniell Beringer; horizontal fold — with: a photographic portrait frontispiece extracted from one of Wilde's books, signed by him in ink in the image; dampstaining with small smear to "d" in Wilde's signature. 
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Description

A glimpse into the London theater world. In this letter from the early 1890's, Wilde writes to Aimée Daniell Beringer (1856–1936), novelist, playwright, and manager of the Opera Comique Theatre, who has written concerning her daughter Esme. Wilde begins, "Your daughter has certainly inherited her mother's good looks, if she has half her mother's brains she should have a brilliant future in store for her. I will with pleasure do anything I can to help her, but your own influence is very great I need not say.

"At present, there is a provincial company doing Lady Windermere's Fan —if there should occur a vacancy, would she care, or you care for her to go with it? The part would be quite a small one, of course."

Esme Beringer (1875–1972) had a distinguished acting career which spanned over sixty-five years and encompassed theater, vaudeville, film, and early television. She was known early on for her breeches roles and her fencing skills.

Wilde ends his note to Mrs. Beringer by saying, "Thank you for your wishes for my new play—I have settled nothing yet—but think of letting the Haymarket have it." The "new play" was A Woman of No Importance, which was indeed produced at the Haymarket by Beerbohm Tree in 1895.

Not in The Complete Letters and presumably unpublished.

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